Japan’s nuclear regulator had scathing criticism of TEPCO at their meeting today. They also stated that the handling of the mess at Fukushima Daiichi would impact the company’s ability to gain restart approval at Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant.
“Commissioner Kayoko Nakamura said she was surprised that TEPCO made the application for the safety screening. She said she does not think TEPCO has sufficient knowledge of radioactive materials, in apparent reference to the company’s handling of the situation at the Fukushima plant. Nakamura said she doubts if the authority can tell local residents that the reactors in question at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant are safe.”
“At Wednesday’s meeting, NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said the regulator will proceed with the safety screening at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa but indicated that it will watch over TEPCO’s handling of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.”
“NRA Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa also said TEPCO must first focus on resolving the tainted water problem and reducing risk at the Fukushima plant. He said the Fukushima plant and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant cannot be treated as 2 different matters.”
JapanTimes reported this by the head of the NRA:
“Tanaka also said regulators will check whether the utility really has the technical capacity to operate nuclear power plants.”
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