On March 19, Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) Chairman Kazuhiro Ikebe (president of Kyushu Electric Power Co.) announced that the FEPC has conducted investigations at member utilities in the wake of the discovery of the failure of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings to comply with anti-terrorism requirements at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant (Niigata Prefecture). No similar problem was discovered at any of the other utilities companies.
Ikebe called the recent TEPCO failure “something that should never have happened” and stressed that the FEPC will make efforts to recover lost trust.
It came to light earlier that the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant’s intruder detection systems were defective and TEPCO did not take steps to resolve the issue. On March 16, the Nuclear Regulation Authority rated the breach at the plant at the worst level in terms in safety and severity.