Friday, July 25, 2014

Japan nuke chief hints no restarts until next year

February 17. 2013 9:32AM
Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle

(AP) The head of Japan's new nuclear regulatory agency says reactors won't be allowed to restart until they pass seismic inspections and meet new safety standards to be instituted next year.

Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, says the new safety requirements will become law by July. Emergency procedures for accidents and terrorist attacks will become compulsory for nuclear plant operators, following criticism that collusion between them and authorities left the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant unprepared for last year's crisis.

Tanaka told The Associated Press on Thursday that his agency would raise safety hurdles, ordering reactors shut if ongoing seismic inspections find active faults in their vicinity. He said towns around the plants must come up with expanded emergency procedures by March before any reactor is considered for resumption.

Associated Press

comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Mortgage Minute

Search for New & Used Cars

Used New All

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals

Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds