Hill+Knowlton Strategies is providing advice and communications counsel for Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, which fell two years ago to an earthquake and tsunami that knocked out power and cooling systems to trigger three reactor meltdowns.
Tepco, which is 50.1 percent-owned by the government of Japan, reported yesterday that it detected radioactive cesium in groundwater flowing into its damaged reactor. That groundwater flows into the plant to be mixed with contaminated water from the melted fuel.
Reuters commented that Tepco's announcement was "just another example of Tokyo Electric initially downplaying a problem, only to revise its findings because of faulty procedures."
H&K is working for Tepco via the utility’s legal counsel. The WPP unit says there is no communication between it and Tepco. No formal contract covers the agreement, which came about via an exchange of correspondence.
The Fukushima meltdown was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.