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A management meltdown at crippled plant?

Mar 28, 2011 6:39:00 PM - thestate.com
The utility behind Japan’s biggest nuclear plant disaster can’t seem to get much right.

The obviously harried officials from Tokyo Electric Power Co. have repeatedly announced botched radiation readings, corrected themselves over and over and indulged in seemingly endless rounds of apologies.

Every few days, Japan’s nuclear safety industry scolds them to “to take steps to prevent a recurrence of similar mistakes.”

The bumbling offers alarming insight into the embarrassing failure of crisis management at the nation’s top utility, which rakes in $60 billion in annual sales.

The officials have been doling out information piecemeal about the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which erupted after backup generators — critical to powering the systems that cool the reactors — were destroyed by the March 11 tsunami, for which the company was unprepared.

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