Japanese Nuclear Plant Officials Apologize Over Radioactivity Scare


"We have somewhat prevented the situation from turning worse," Edano told reporters Sunday evening. "But the prospects are not improving in a straight line and we've expected twists and turns. The contaminated water is one of them and we'll continue to repair the damage."

Today's confusion over radioactivity levels is the latest addition in a number of conflicting reports and views coming from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. TEPCO is stressing that their first priority is to find the path and to find the leak in the reactor. They suspect that the radioactive material is coming from the reactor.

Meanwhile, experts at Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said that the radioactive materials could be leaking directly from the reactor core, which would indicate a breach.

Morse, of the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Nuclear Engineering believes that officials jumped the gun, and that the material could be coming from any number of places -- most likely from the spent fuel pools, he said.

From data he has seen, he believes the material is a few days old and they're just discovering it after testing it for the first time.

Japan's Government Scolds Power Co. On Worker Safety

The Tokyo Power Company was criticized by the Japanese government for not properly protecting workers – whose injuries have become indisputable proof that the reactor core has been compromised.

Several of the workers braving the front lines of the crisis have received severe radiation burns to their legs, after the power company sent them in without proper protective gear -- including boots that came up just to their ankles.

On Saturday, TEPCO issued an apology.

"If we had given the employees a heads up, we would have been able to avoid their exposure to the radiation. We regret our lack of communication, "a TEPCO official said.

Approximately 58 percent of respondents in a phone survey of 1000-plus people in Japan said they approved of the government's handling of the recent disasters, but a similar number criticized its handling of the nuclear crisis, according to the Associated Press.

Japan's death toll since the March 11 earthquake and 10,668 Sunday with 16,574 people missing, police said. Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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