CANADA | Japan nuclear plant borrowed disaster gear: report

Posted on June 19, 2011

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CANADA | CBC NEWS | Jun 19, 2011 8:48 AM ET 

A new report says Japan’s tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and an emergency manual from distant buildings and borrow equipment from a contractor.

A new report by the operators at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility in Japan portrays the response to a crisis in March as chaos.

The report by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. was released over the weekend and is based on interviews of workers and plant data.

It portrays chaos amid the desperate and ultimately unsuccessful battle to protect the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant from meltdown in March in the wake of damage caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The report shows that workers struggled with unfamiliar equipment and fear of radiation exposure.

TEPCO has been criticized for dragging its feet on venting and sea water cooling — the two crucial steps that experts say could have mitigated the damage.

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