20 years before the March 11th disaster, TEPCO had an emergency generator at unit 1 taken out by flooding. This was due to leaking pipes in the turbine building that flooded the basement area where the generator resides. Workers tried to point out the ongoing risk displayed by the pipe leak and that the generators were at risk for other types of flooding like a tsunami. Workers concerns were ignored by higher ups.
While this sounds like a minor side note, it could have larger implications in TEPCO’s ongoing fight to shirk liability for the accident.
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