Tepco and Government Knew of Meltdowns In Late March
A recent article has emerged in the Japanese media that would suggest both Tepco and the Japanese government were informed of the severity of the unfolding situation at Fukushima Daiichi. In late march Haruki Madarame, chairman of the Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission had contacted both Tepco and the Government that the commission had recognised that a meltdown had taken place in reactors 1-2 and 3. On the 17th of May Haruki Madarame, chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, said in a news conference that the meltdowns should not come as a surprise to Tepco or the Government.
“When highly contaminated water was found at the No. 2 reactor building in late March, we recognized that a meltdown had taken place. So I informed the government,” he said. “As for No. 1 and No. 3 reactors, we recognized that, given the processes that led to the accidents there, the same thing had occurred.”