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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