Japanese grid operators are now doing their utmost to bring unused capacities, primarily the ones which were on the verge of commissioning when the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened. Take, for instance, the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, temporarily damaged and hence idled following a previous earthquake in 2007. Now it’s merely a couple of steps away from being restarted. TEPCO has filed for safety assessments of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units 6 and 7 way back in 2013 and by 2017 the Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority approved a preliminary report that both units conformed to national standards, all the while listing the additional safety measures that the reactor needed to have (seismic reinforcements, filtered venting systems, seawall). Reportedly TEPCO is expecting to be ready with these works this December, paving the way for the units’ restart.
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Resident against Japanese nuclear reactor OK’d for restart says safe evacuation impossible. While the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, where the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant is located, gave “local consent” on Nov. 11 to the restart of a reactor at the plant, those who live in the area remain anxious as local municipalities’ evacuation plans in the case of a major incident are said to be insufficient by residents and local assemblies alike.
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