Reposted: March 14, 2012
Negligence forms the backdrop for the first government-commissioned report into the Fukushima nuclear disaster, released in late December.
In the most quake-prone archipelago on earth, TEPCO and its regulators had no accident-management plan in the event of earthquakes and tsunamis ~ assuming, apparently, that the plant was proofed against them and that any hypothetical accidents would be generated only from within.
Perhaps the biggest failure was that nobody in a position of responsibility ~ neither TEPCO nor its regulators ~ had sought to look beyond the end of their noses in disaster planning. No one seems ever to have tried to “think the unthinkable”.