Two Reactors In Japan May Be Shut By NRA Actions

Unit 2 at the Tsuruga nuclear plant was officially determined to be over an active fault, making it ineligible to operate. Japan’s nuclear regulator made the declaration at their recent meeting. The declaration would be impossible to overcome as Japan’s current laws forbid the operation of a reactor over an active fault line.

The NRA also ordered the Monju fast breeder reactor to stay shut down for an indefinite period of time to deal with massive safety issues. More than 9800 safety violations were found at the plant and what the NRA determined to be a major lapse in safety culture.

In a recent editorial Asahi Shimbun pointed out the long history and current cluelessness of the management at Monju. They seemed to have no plan to actually prepare for the restart they have been asking for. Leadership and standards seem to be lacking. The reactor was conceived as an idea to create plutonium as part of a fuel cycle that would extract and reuse the material in other reactors. Other countries that have explored the technology have long since scrapped their fast breeder projects due to chronic failures or the economics making the idea impractical.

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