Documents Reveal Nuclear Plant Operator Skipped Safety Checks

The Guardian reports that according to documents from the operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (the plant), Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the company frequently missed safety checks over a ten year period leading up to the the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011, allowing more uranium fuel rods to pile up than could have been stored at the facility. Reportedly, a month before the tsumani struck, government regulators approved a Tepco request “to prolong the life of one of its six reactors by another decade, despite warnings that its backup power generator contained stress cracks”, with Tepco admitting weeks later that it failed to inspect 33 items at the plant, including water pumps.
The Guadian: Japan nuclear firm admits missing safety checks at disaster-hit plant (22 March 2011)
(Source: The Guardian)