Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Japanese panel recommends replacing Tepco with Tepco* to manage Fukushima

A Japanese ruling party panel recommends stripping Tepco of its management of the Fukushima clean-up.

Tokyo Electric Power Co should be stripped of the responsibility for shutting down its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to a draft proposal by a panel of Japan's ruling party.
Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has been widely criticized for repeated missteps, poor planning and a lack of disclosure in its efforts to clear up the site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
A task force formed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) suggests that responsibility for the massive work of decommissioning the Fukushima plant be stripped from the giant utility in its current form - either by creating a separate unit within Tepco, breaking the unit off as a separate company or hiving it off as a government-affiliated, but independent, administrative agency.

You might think stripping involves removing Tepco from the job altogether. But no...

A person familiar with the LDP panel's deliberations said it favors the option of creating a separate organization within Tepco to handle decommissioning - a job that could take decades as massive amounts of toxic water and spent fuel are removed and stored elsewhere.
The policy recommendations will be presented to Abe as soon as next week.
But there is stripping and stripping, and the panel seems to be leaning toward the latter, which would create a reorganized Tepco unit, Tepco* to be in charge. Parmenides must be Japan's favorite philosopher---nothing changes.

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