Regulator: Fukushima Leak Was Exaggerated

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's nuclear regulator has criticized the operator of the country's wrecked nuclear plant for providing improper data and explanations about widening radiation-contaminated water leaks and unnecessarily fanning fears.

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Thursday that Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s use of data regarding contamination levels of storage tank leaks at its Fukushima plant were inaccurate and exaggerated risks. He suggested dispatching advisers to train workers how to properly handle equipment and data.

TEPCO has acknowledged that contaminated underground water has been flowing into the Pacific since soon after reactor meltdowns caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Recent leaks from tanks aggravated fears that the amount of contaminated water at the plant is getting out of hand.

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