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THE Fukushima plant hit by the explosion has a worrying history of safety problems and radiation leaks.

The plant, which took five years to build in the 19 60s, has a chequered past, including an incident five years ago which saw radiated gas released into the air.

In 2002, the president of plant operator Tepco was forced to resign with four senior executives for faking nuclear plant safety records.

The company were accused of falsifying repair records at nuclear reactors in 29 separate cases.

They had to stop work at five reactors, including two damaged in the latest tremor, for safety inspections.

Allegations of falsifying safety records surfaced again in 2006. A year later, safety chiefs probed an accidental release of tritium-infused steam into the environment.

Around 500 workers are based there and 83,000 people live within six miles of the plant.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 13, 2011
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