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Panel’s interim report condemns response to disaster at Fukushima Daiichi via Bellona

The report, which is the beginning of what many hope is a public reckoning by the Japanese government that will finally reveal the truth, comes quickly on the heels of an announcement last week that the plant’s melted down reactors have achieved “cold shutdown.”

The report – which is strongly critical of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s owner – also bears striking similarities to an uncommonly introspective report the utility itself released in June, in which the company spared little in the way of criticisms managerial oversights and praise for workers dealing with unprecedented conditions.

Cold shutdown cold comfort

Noda said last week that the cold shutdown mode announced last week may pave the way for the resettlement of some 90,000 to 110,000 people who were displaced by the nuclear disaster – a notion environmentalists strongly oppose.

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