AP: Japan’s only operating nuclear power plant may be closed (VIDEO)

Published: November 2nd, 2012 at 12:06 pm ET
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NHK, Nov. 2: Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has surveyed the country’s only operating nuclear power plant to determine whether a seam under the facility is an active fault. The authority says it may ask the Ohi plant’s operator — Kansai Electric Power Company — to suspend operations, depending on the survey results.

AP, Nov. 2: Japanese nuclear regulators inspected ground structures at the country’s only operating nuclear power plant Friday to examine if an existing fault line is active. The inspection will determine whether the Ohi plant in western Japan should close.

Kyodo, Nov. 2: “It is one possibility that there will be some talks about reinvestigation” during a meeting on Sunday in Tokyo to evaluate the results, Kunihiko Shimazaki said at a news conference after the one-day inspection, which was closely watched as the country’s sole operating nuclear plant could be asked to shutdown if the fault is judged as active.

Watch NHK’s segment on the inspection here

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12 comments to AP: Japan’s only operating nuclear power plant may be closed (VIDEO)

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Why were they built on a fault line (active or not) in the first place?


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  • m a x l i

    Let me guess… The surveying needs to be done very thoroughly and will be finished in a few years time when the Ohi nuclear power plant is scheduled for retirement?


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Under the right circumstances, such as a nearby higher magnitude earthquake, any fault turns into an "active fault".


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  • Mack Mack

    This is important to know

    The nuclear industry is already working on its next step

    —> "mini" reactors

    The U.S. gov't has set a timetable to have new "mini" reactors up and running by 2022.

    $452 million dollars in grant money is being given out by the DOE to build them.

    http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ameren-westinghouse-still-waiting-for-decision-on-nuclear-grant/article_1b46d35b-eda4-5c15-9b08-b0ed80caf2bf.html


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Hi great to see you again, of course you know my wife Fuku, and this is our son Fiki. One day he might grow up to be just like his mother.

      Ya, I get it cute little mini reactors. Easy to get approved. No it just hit me, call em fun size like the little candy bars. That way we can all share the contamination in convenient already dispersed doses.


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      • m a x l i

        Large numbers of mini reactors have the "advantage" that they produce high numbers of mini-contamination incidents in mini-time intervals. Therefore there will be more or less evenly distributed radioactive contamination all the time around the globe. By getting rid of any control group, it will minimise chances to statistically prove the connection between radiation-contamination and it's effects on all life, including human, and will make it more difficult to lay criminal charges on past, present and future polluters.

        Mini nukes are in line with burning radioactive debris, exporting radioactive food, bringing groups of tourists to Fukushima, force-feeding school kids radioactive food, continuously contaminating the ocean…

        In one sentence: Nowadays, everything the global nuclear village is doing or saying is aimed at escaping liability and criminal prosecution.


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  • arclight arclight

    and the nuclear companies response.. turn to facebook! (must retart my facebook too.. if its a powerful tool for WPP, then its a powerful tool for the activist/antinuke too imo

    Breaking – TEPCO’s Efforts towards Nuclear Reform on Facebook too!

    TEPCO strongly wishes to be a nuclear power plant operator which has the world’s highest level of safety awareness, engineering capabilities and risk communication ability with society.
    Thus, we established the “Nuclear Reform Special Task Force” led by our president in order to reform TEPCO’s safety culture, safety measures, disaster prevention measures, risk/crisis control protocol, information disclosure, and risk communication methods.

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/11/03/breaking-tepcos-efforts-towards-nuclear-reform-on-facebook-too/


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    • arclight arclight

      INTERESTING TIMIMG!!
      i give you this under that..

      4 out of 6 experts in nuclear safety panel got grants from utilities
      TOKYO, Nov. 3, Kyodo (Subsciption)

      Four out of the six members of a government team drafting new safety standards for nuclear reactors have received between around 3 million yen and 27 million yen each in grants, donations and compensation from utilities in the past three to four years, according to data disclosed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Friday.

      The regulatory body’s secretariat said the members “have been selected in line with rules, and there should be no problem.” Critics, however, say the members’ judgments might be swayed by the wishes of donors, exposing safety regulations to the risk of being watered down.

      The NRA requires experts involved in drafting safety standards for nuclear power plants and other matters to disclose remuneration and donations, but has no provision for disqualifying them in light of such information.

      http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/11/191714.html


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      arclight, of course, you're all over this one! I use my facebook page almost exclusively for social action work, and just a few friends see it, but, are you suggesting going to certain pages or locations? Given my new time constraints, i might not be able to do so, but, it's a great idea you have there. I want to thank you for all your tireless work, all the links you bring to us, all the posts. You are a true educator. I don't know what else you do outside blogging here, but, your contributions are immeasurable. And, thanks for standing up for hedge hogs, because they really truly are adorable and misunderstood.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    As Gunderson so elogently said; if humans really analyzed how safe these plants are, they would shut them ALL DOWN, because they are all SO VERY UNSAFE; INSANELY UNSAFE.

    Stop the insanity. Shut them all down, before Nature does it by FORCE.

    Do you want it the easy way, or the hard way, that is the question..


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