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Complainant Name:
Mr Ian F Hawkes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Britain's Energy Coast


Mr Ian F Hawkes complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a reference to the damage sustained by the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the recent earthquake and tsunami was inaccurate and misleading. He said that, contrary to the author's claim, the reactors did not ‘remain intact', but suffered significant damage.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, as well as appropriate amendments to the E-edition and online version:

AN article published in the Britain's Energy Coast supplement, distributed on May 26 (‘Lessons will be learned from events in Japan'), stated that the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant ‘remained intact in spite of both earthquake and tsunami'. We would like to make clear that, in fact, all three of the reactors failed following failure of the cooling system. The events led to a failure of the power supply and water cooling systems, with the result that the cores melted through the bottom of the reactors, releasing radioactive chemicals. We apologise for the misleading statement.

Date Published: 28/09/2011

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