05 Jul '12, 7pm

Fukushima Disaster Declared 'Manmade' in Final Report

Fukushima Disaster Declared 'Manmade' in Final Report

The final report from the Japanese government investigating the causes of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is in. It's in English at the first link above, so read the entire thing if you want to get into the nitty gritty details, but here's the final conclusion: The disaster was "manmade" the report says. The Tokyo Electric Power Company "effectively betrayed the nation's right to be safe from nuclear accidents." No specific individual was responsible for the disaster, rather "the root causes were the organizational and regulatory systems that supported faulty rationales for decisions and actions." The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was "incapable of withstanding the earthquake and tsunami," with the plant's operator, the Japanese nuclear regulatory bodies, and government body promoting nuclear power "all failed to develop the most basic safety requirements" for the p...

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