Regulator: Fukushima operator gave misleading data
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's nuclear regulator harshly criticised the operator of the damaged Fukushima power plant, saying it released misleading data about recent leaks of radioactive water that fanned fears excessively.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s inadequate expertise caused it to misrepresent key radiation data about the leaks, and suggested it needed more hands-on guidance.
"I've come to think they need to be spoon-fed," Mr Tanaka said on Thursday. "It is regrettable that Tepco has caused confusion and fear in the international community by spreading misleading information."
Mr Tanaka was particularly concerned about reports in foreign media that described the recent leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant as a new catastrophe.