Japan Reactor Stress Tests Mired In Confusion

A variety of parties are involved in the review of stress tests on idled reactors intended to prove safety leading to the restart of reactors in Japan.

Stress tests are to be done in two phases with the second phase being much more in depth. So far no reactors have done second phase tests.
NISA has approved first phase stress tests on two reactors at the OI nuclear plant. NISA’s abrupt approval sparked public outrage as did NISA’s response
of throwing the public out of public meetings on the issue.
The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan is questioning the abilityto determine safety based on first phase stress tests alone.

The NSC has also said they would leave the decision to the government about restarting reactors:
Madarame said, “Whether to reactivate (reactors) is the government’s decision and we, as the safety commission, won’t say anything about it.”

News reports say that local approval would still be part of the restart process.
Right now the process is muddy and there is far from consensus among experts or the public.

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