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Fukui governor to give consent for nuclear plant restart


Fukui Gov Issei Nishikawa will soon give his consent for the restart of two nuclear reactors in the prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, sources close to the matter said Sunday, as the central government seeks to bring more reactors back online after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The governor will visit the site of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Takahama plant on Monday to check safety measures before expressing his consent, they said. The governor’s consent is necessary to restart the reactors.

Earlier in the day, industry minister Motoo Hayashi, in charge of the country’s energy policy, met with Nishikawa at the Fukui prefectural office and sought the Fukui governor’s consent for the restart of the two nuclear reactors.


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Nuclear watchdog to urge shutdown of Oi plant if active fault found

Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (Photo by Makoto Kaku)

Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (Photo by Makoto Kaku)

By HISASHI HATTORI/ Senior Staff Writer


Shunichi Tanaka, NRA chairman, also told The Asahi Shimbun that the three-year timeline presented by the Abe administration is too short for safety screenings to be completed for all 50 nuclear reactors in Japan.

An NRA expert panel began a second session on Dec. 28 of on-site geological surveys at the Oi plant to decide whether a fault line cutting across its premises is active. Two reactors at the Oi plant are the only ones currently up and running in Japan.

Tanaka said he would use nonbinding “administrative discretion” measures to instruct Kansai Electric Power Co., operator of the Oi plant, to halt operations if the fault running beneath key equipment is found to be active.

The government’s safety standards stipulate that no key component of a nuclear plant should be installed directly above an active fault.

The law on the regulation of nuclear reactors allows the issuance of a shutdown order in case of imminent danger.


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Japan Utilities Plunge on Faultline Warning Under Nuclear Plant

Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga nuclear power station stands in Tsuruga city, Fukui prefecture, Japan. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
The geologists headed by Dr. Kunihiko Shimazaki of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority are doing the second field survey in the only operating nuclear power plant in Japan, Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture. They did the first survey last month, but there was an opinion expressed by one of the geologists that the fault may have been caused by a slide, and not an active fault. So they are conducting the second, expanded survey. The size of the trench is 80 meters long, double that of the first survey. (Information from ANN News)

The NRA has so far declared the faults in Tsuruga Nuke Plant and Higashidori Nuke Plant as “active”. Geologists and NRA are almost laughing at Tohoku Electric’s claim that what Higashidori Nuke Plant has is not an “active fault” but simply a swelling. They said if Tohoku Electric were correct, there would be an upheaval all around the world, because it would be news to all geologists.


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