TEPCO's "Severe Accident Manual" Takes On Barcode Hairstyle
The House of Representatives Special Committee on Promotion of Science and Technology and Innovation had requested TEPCO submit two operating manuals: one for accidents, and one for severe accidents.
On September 12th, 3 copies of the document, which included only the front binding and the table of contents, were passed out to the committee. Of approximately 50 lines of text, all but 2 had been blacked out. In an additional gesture of complete paranoia, the documents were collected from the committee before the meeting adjourned.
Under the laws that govern nuclear power in Japan, The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has requested that TEPCO submit the documents to the committee in full.
When asked why so much of the document was redacted, TEPCO invoked intellectual property rights and concern over protection of nuclear materials.
Jake’s note: The weekly magazine 週刊ポスト (09/30号） speculates that the redacted paragraphs have to do with a cover-up of the earthquake damage to the reactors and TEPCO prioritization of saving the reactors rather than preventing disaster, which may have started the meltdown in one of the reactors BEFORE the tsunami arrived. They make a convincing case.
While the document remains shrouded in mystery, fortunately, through the help of Hugh Ashton, Stephanie, and our crack team of investigative journalists, we were able to get ahold of the original document and translate it into English. However, for national security reasons we have left some of it redacted. Here it is: