Published on Feb 14, 2014
Safety screening sought for Hamaoka reactor
Chubu Electric Power Company has applied for a safety screening for a nuclear reactor in central Japan. Such screenings are required for restarting reactors.
Executive Vice President Masatoshi Sakaguchi filed the application on Friday with the Nuclear Regulation Authority for the No.4 reactor at the Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. The plant has five reactors, two of which are shut down for decommissioning.
The Nagoya-based utility halted operations at the plant at the government’s request after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The Hamaoka plant is within the projected focal region of a mega-quake that experts have long warned about.
As for safety measures, the company has raised its estimate for the maximum ground acceleration caused by an earthquake by 1.5 times, to 1,200 gals. It is also building a 22-meter-high breakwater to protect the plant from tsunami.
Later on Friday, Sakaguchi told reporters that the utility will respond sincerely to any questions from authorities on safety measures. He added that the company will explain the safety of the plant to local residents.
The procedure is required to clear the government’s new, stricter safety guidelines before the reactors can be reactivated.
All of Japan’s 48 rectors are currently off-line. But 17 reactors at 10 nuclear power plants have submitted applications for inspections.
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