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TEPCO data credibility suffers on serious groundwater contamination | Kyodo News

The operator of a crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture suffered another blow to its credibility on Friday over errors found in its radioactive contamination data, including on groundwater at the plant, while workers began test-spraying a resin there to prevent radioactive particles from being dispersed.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the concentration of radioactive iodine in the groundwater was 10,000 times the legal limit as it announced earlier, but acknowledged a programming error on a measuring device that affected substances other than iodine.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said it was ''extremely regrettable'' that TEPCO -- as the utility is known -- had given incorrect radiation data. The agency has strongly warned the operator over the matter and urged it to take steps not to do so again, he added.

''TEPCO faces a grave situation as it is failing to live up to the expectations of people who are very worried by the company. Its data should be trustworthy,'' Nishiyama said.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 10:57:23 AM EST

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