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APPENDIX D OPERATION AND SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS Personnel involved in the accident response at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were stationed at a number of locations, including in The main control rooms (MCRs) at the plant An onsite emergency response center at the plant (onsite ERC) An offsite ERC established at TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo (headquarters ERC) An offsite ERC located about 5 km from the plant (Off-site Center [OFC]) The functions of these organizations are described briefly in this appendix. D.1 MAIN CONTROL ROOMS Personnel in the MCRs are responsible for operating the reactors during both normal and off-normal conditions. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has three MCR’s, one each for Units 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6. There are two physically separated sets of independent controls for each reactor within each MCR. Each MCR has one operating crew that is responsible for the two reactors being operated. During a normal shift the crew would consist of the following staff (INPO, 2011): shift supervisor, assistant shift supervisor, two senior operators, assistant senior operator, two main shift operators, and four auxiliary operators. Shift supervisors in the MCRs (Figure D.1) are responsible for making reactor control and operation decisions in the event of an accident in accordance with the plant’s emergency procedures. However, under certain circumstances, including for actions requiring the cooperation of other control rooms or that are expected to have large impact on reactor behavior, the shift supervisors are required to ask the onsite ERC for advice and direction. At the time of the March 11, 2011, accident the MCR crews were staffed as follows (INPO, 2011; See Figure 4.3): Prepublication Copy D-1
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Appendix D: Operation and Support Organizations The MCR for Units 1 & 2 had 11 operators and 1 trainee. The MCR for Units 3 & 4 had 8 operators and 1 trainee. The staffing was reduced in Unit 4 because it was in a maintenance outage. Immediately after the earthquake, the crews then-working at the MCRs were responsible for operating the reactors. Some members of other crews who were off duty at the time of the earthquake went to their control rooms to assist. Other members of those crews stayed in the ERC until it was time to relieve those on duty. D.2 ONSITE EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTER The onsite ERC was housed in a seismically isolated building designed to withstand earthquakes and equipped with backup power and filtered ventilation. The building was one of the few administrative buildings at the plant that survived the earthquake and tsunami. The onsite ERC played a crucial role in coordinating and managing onsite response activities. The onsite ERC was responsible for providing advice and direction to the MCR shift supervisor and crew. Key decision-makers were seated around a large table in the middle of the ERC; these included (Investigation Committee, 2011, p. 93): Site superintendent, who serves as the emergency director and is in charge of the onsite ERC after a severe accident occurs Unit superintendents Deputy directors Reactor chief engineers Section chiefs of 12 function teams: communication, intelligence, public relations, health physics, engineering, recovery, operation, infrastructure, medical treatment, general affairs, guard-guidance, and the procurement teams. An in-house firefighting team was organized under the recovery team. Members of each function team were stationed in booths behind their respective section chiefs to enable oral communications. When a function team obtained information that needed to be shared with all staff in the ERC they reported it to their section chief, who then announced it via microphone so that everyone in the room could hear it. When a decision was made by the site superintendent or others at the main table or information was provided from the headquarters ERC (described in the next section) through a teleconference system, the leader of the relevant team communicated it to his team members. Members of the headquarters ERC are able to monitor discussions made at the main table of the onsite ERC, ask questions, and give advice via a teleconference system. D.3 HEADQUARTERS EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTER An emergency response center was also established at the TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo. According to the Fukushima Daiichi NPS Nuclear Emergency Prevention Action Plan, the role of the headquarters ERC is to support the onsite ERC. The TEPCO president is chief of the headquarters ERC. Prepublication Copy D-2
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Appendix D: Operation and Support Organizations As part of its support function, the headquarters ERC is supposed to transmit information from the onsite ERC to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and to the Nuclear Disaster Response Headquarters at the Official Residence (i.e., prime minister’s residence). The OFC (see next section) would also send information to METI and the Nuclear Disaster Response Headquarters at the Official Residence. This arrangement would, in theory, reduce the number of direct inquiries to the onsite ERC. D.4 OFF-SITE CENTER The OFC is intended to coordinate TEPCO and central/local government activities. The OFC is located about 5 km from the plant. It is equipped with telephone lines, a video- conferencing system used primarily to connect to the Prime Minister’s office, and a satellite circuit with six satellite telephones (one fixed, three portable, and two vehicle-mounted). The OFC never functioned as intended during the Fukushima nuclear accident for the reasons described in the main body of Chapter 4. Prepublication Copy D-3
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Appendix D: Operation and Support Organizations FIGURE D.1 Breakdown of responsibilities for operational staff at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Details below the Operations Department General Manager level are shown only for Units 1-2. SOURCE: INPO (2011). Courtesy of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). Prepublication Copy D-4