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It’s been a year since a new set of regulatory standards for nuclear power plants in Japan were implemented in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but safety screenings by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on idled reactors awaiting reactivation are lagging behind schedule.

Nine power companies have thus far applied for safety screenings on a total of 19 reactors at 12 nuclear power stations. However, screenings have been delayed, especially for boiling water reactors that are of the same type as those at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. While the NRA had planned to give the green light on July 9 for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture — making them the first reactors eligible for reactivation since the new regulatory standards came into effect on July 8 last year — the NRA has decided to shelve the final decision until sometime after July 16.

Under the new regulatory standards, power companies are required to take measures against severe accidents. Such measures had been left up to each utility before the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred in March 2011. The prolonged screenings are largely attributable to slack measures taken by the utilities, including no improvements in their measures against quakes and tsunami.

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Safety screenings on nuke plants lagging behind due to utilities’ lax measures (Mainichi Newspaper)


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