Nuclear experts blast Fukushima operator over toxic water leaks
TOKYO (AFP) - Foreign nuclear experts on Friday blasted the operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with one saying its lack of transparency over toxic water leaks showed "you don't know what you're doing".
The blunt criticism comes after a litany of problems at the reactor site, which was swamped by a quake-sparked tsunami over two years ago. The disaster sent reactors into meltdown and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents in the worst atomic accident in a generation.
Earlier this week, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater had leaked into the sea, confirming long-held suspicions of ocean contamination from the shattered reactors.
"This action regarding the water contamination demonstrates a lack of conservative decision-making process," Dale Klein, former head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), told a panel in Tokyo.