Tepco commits to restarting nuclear reactors — “We don’t have a Plan B” says president

Published: June 28th, 2012 at 1:59 am ET


Tepco Plans for Restart of World’s Largest Nuclear Plant
By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada
Jun 28, 2012


[Tepco] is committed to restarting another nuclear plant next year that is the world’s largest and itself was damaged in a 2007 earthquake.

Bringing the Kashiwazaki Kariwa power station online, even though it sets up the state-controlled utility for further conflicts with a nuclear-weary public, is part of “Plan A,” President Naomi Hirose, 59, said in an interview.


“We have no choice right now but to do our best to carry out Plan A,” Hirose said on June 18. “We don’t have a Plan B.”


Hirohiko Izumida, governor of Niigata prefecture, where the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant is located, has said the Fukushima nuclear accident should be fully investigated before approving the restart


Seventy-one percent of respondents to a Mainichi newspaper poll published on June 4 objected to a speedy restart of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s reactors at Ohi. The restart was approved on June 18. In a separate poll released June 5 by the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of Japanese said the country should reduce its reliance on atomic energy and 52 percent feared they or their families may have been exposed to radiation.


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Subscription Only: New TEPCO chairman says restarting reactors essential for turnaround
June 28, 2012

New Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Kazuhiko Shimokobe on Thursday called for reactivation of the utility’s idled nuclear reactors in Niigata Prefecture from next April as a “building block” in the company’s turnaround plan


Shimokobe, in his first press conference as chairman, said reactivation of the reactors could not happen without local approval, but added there would be severe consequences if reactivation did not proceed as planned.

New Tokyo Electric President Naomi Hirose, who attended the press conference with Shimokobe, also said the company will remain engaged in projects to export nuclear power technology to other countries “to the extent it can,” while there are constraints because many people are busy dealing with the accident-stricken plant.


Yet AFP has just run the headline: TEPCO to drop nuclear exports

Published: June 28th, 2012 at 1:59 am ET


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14 comments to Tepco commits to restarting nuclear reactors — “We don’t have a Plan B” says president

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The radiation plants are too dangerous, and must be outlawed, worldwide.

    • weeman

      I fully agree, we should not play with things we can not control or fully understand and tell me what caused melt down earthquake or tsunami, we all know damage from earthquake was significant.
      Economy takes president over people, send them to the Hauge for mass murder

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Unplug Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

    Reactivating The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Plant Would Be Dangerous

    "The Kashiwarazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant is situated on an active fault zone where a major earthquake could be triggered. The plant was built without first making a sufficient investigation into the existence of active faults. It appears the actual earthquake far exceeded the parameters of the nuclear plant’s designed earthquake-resistance. Furthermore, the electrical transformer that caused a fire and many other related facilities are built not on bedrock, but on soft soil.

    "All seven reactors, including the aging Unit 1, and their related facilities sustained damage. The earthquake caused the ground to heave up and down at the site, and in places the ground is buckled. It’s possible that damage not confirmable through visual inspection, including cracking or warping, has occurred to major machinery and piping for the reactors. If there is another earthquake this could cause even more severe trouble.

    "There are suggestions that an even greater earthquake, reaching a magnitude of 8, could occur in the future along the nearby active faults. No matter how extensively the facilities are repaired, these underground faults can’t be made to go away.

    "If the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant is allowed to resume operations, ignoring this uncertainty, we fear it will lead to further anxiety and that public trust, which is essential to society, will be lost.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      "We want the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant to remain shut down, and for its service to be quietly terminated."
      Ryuichi Sakamoto, shing02, Yukihiro Yoshihara, Kenji Eno,
      Norika Sora, Eiichi Yoshimura, Motoki Yamaguchi, Mika Ohbayashi, Shiro Takatani,
      Ryu Murakami, SUGIZO, Kohei Nawa, Taeko Onuki, Hideki Matsutake, Kenzo Saeki,
      Takamasa Aoki, Moichi Kuwahara, Takako Hamano, Ren Takada, Hiroshi Takano,
      kakumakushaka, Tomoko Yoneda, Tetra Tanizaki, Kenichi Nishi, Towa Tei,
      Tomoki Sukezane, Naoki Ishikawa, Itaru Hirama, Nobuko Hori, Kazunali Tajima,
      Masaya Hiyazaki, Mikiya Takimoto, Naoki Sasaki, Kazuo Shiina, kyoka,
      Mitsuo Shindo, Miho Moribayashi, Oto, Hitoshi Koizumi (artists' power)

      Yu Tanaka(Mirai Bank), Shinichi Tsuji(The Sloth Club), Ryuichi Nakamura(The Sloth Club)

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Earthquake stokes fears over nuclear safety in Japan
    July 24, 2007
    “After a deadly earthquake struck northwestern Japan last week, the nation was stunned when a nuclear power plant near the earthquake's center suffered widespread damage, including minor radiation leaks, ruptured pipes, flooding and a fire that belched black smoke for more than an hour on live television.
    “But perhaps the most startling discovery came in the days that followed, when scientists used data from the magnitude 6.8 earthquake to conclude that the builders of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, the world's largest by electrical output, may have unknowingly constructed it directly on top of an active seismic fault.

    [REMOVED, see below]


    [Admin: Great post Anne. Everyone, please limit pasting to no more than 4-5 small paragraphs per article for copyright reasons. Thanks]

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      "Ishibashi said the new guidelines, approved in September, were too vague and left too much discretion to power companies in deciding whether a plant site was seismically safe. He said he got so angry at the lack of discussion within the committee about the new guidelines that he resigned during the final meeting.

      "The strength of the earthquake in Kashiwazaki 'could have been predicted, and should have been predicted,' Ishibashi said. 'The new guidelines are very insufficient and have loopholes.'"

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        You've been on a roll the last couple of days, anne. The articles you're digging up are fantastic. Keep it going.

        Has anyone noticed, on Enenews, that there is a steady roll call of posters that document what they are saying, as opposed to posters on other sites that just load the boards with unfounded comments? Very, very impressive.

        We follow in the footsteps of giants. The rest (we know who they are) follow in the footsteps of cowards.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Every manual ever written about Nuclear Power, has specifically stated "not to build" on any active fault lines, not ever! The entire island of Japan is one huge fault line!

    Under no circumstance should the world governments allow any operating Nuclear Power Plants in the nation of Japan! Unless the world gets involved like the Europeans and they put a stop to this current insanity, all of mankind will be doomed in the near future!

    You can not count at all on any help from the USA since they are controlled and owned by the Nuclear lobby!

    Hirohiko Izumida, governor of Niigata prefecture, where the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant is located, needs to resign immediately, and then receive mental health treatments and evaluations.

    Where have all the wise men gone?

  • Jebus Jebus

    The government of Japan has a plan A and no plan B.
    Seems this is how it has been all along.

    This is really the last chance for the people of Japan to rise up and show their government that it is not about plan A with no plan B.

    It is about which path to take from here on out.

    Do they want to walk down that well travelled path, with nuclear power enslaving them and all of the well demonstrated and documented consequences. Enslaved to a corporate dictatorship, with no sense of security and safety for themselves and their families.

    Or do they want to walk the ever so less traveled path, breaking their dependence on a failed technology, while embracing an energy independence that supports life and sets an example for the rest of the world to follow.

    This is the point at which a choice must be made. If these reactors are allowed to restart, there is no turning back and they all will be restarted, one by one.

    It is now or never to speak up and make the choice…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      "We don't have a plan B". Sounds like the nuclear industry around the world. Now that TEPCO is nationalized, why not say that the Japanese government doesn't have a plan B.

  • patb2009

    Plan B is already started. The Tokyo Feed In Tariff of 44 Yen per KWH of Electricity is a huge deal.
    Expect to see by this summer large PV instalattions across Japan. Hitachi is spooling up a whole new plant jus tto make solar cells and it's a very scalable effort, the electrica work is an afternoon for a house by an electrician and a day for a trained team of installers.

  • weeman

    I have plan C go geo thermal, the money that it costs to restart and maintain these reactors, I will personnel guarantee more power per dollar if you hire me and let me get on with the job even low I have no prior experience in geothermal power, it is fairly straight forward and Japan is one of the best places to accomplish this.

  • Ron

    Japan has a wealth of untapped geothermal and other alternative energies. Whoever convinced the Japanese that a small island like their’s needed 54 nuke plants must have been quite the salesman! Refrigerators / Eskimos?


    • Ron

      Oh and by the way, I'd require the nuke industry to finance entirely the switch over to clean energy alternatives seeing as how they are responsible for so much destruction.

      It's the LEAST they can do.