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Tepco claims it will be more forthcoming with data from Fukushima No. 1 via The Japan Times

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it is planning to change its information disclosure policy for the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and release all data on radiation-contaminated dust and water if it is deemed they are affecting the surrounding environment.

The decision, made during a board meeting last Friday, was in response to the failure to disclose a leak of radioactive rainwater that came to light last month.

Officials said Tepco will nail down the new policy by March 30 and present it to its nuclear reform monitoring panel of external experts.

Last month, Tepco said radiation-contaminated rainwater flowing through a drainage ditch that runs close to reactor buildings at Fukushima No. 1 had been leaking into the sea. The water’s radiation level exceeded legal limits, it said.

Tepco said it became aware of the situation last spring but did not disclose it, thinking the information was not of interest to the public compared with updates on decommissioning efforts at the plant, including the condition of tanks being used to store highly tainted water.

Tepco eventually disclosed the information late last month after it identified what appeared to be the source of contamination for the leaked rainwater.

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