Gov’t: “Almost impossible” to restart Japan nuclear plant — Tsuruga reactor will ’tilt’ if fault moves — Chances “virtually nil” -Kyodo

Published: April 26th, 2012 at 10:59 pm ET
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Title: Restart of Tsuruga nuclear reactors ‘almost impossible’: safety commission chief
Source: Kyodo
Date: April 27, 2012

Restart of Tsuruga nuclear reactors ‘almost impossible’: safety commission chief

The chances of Japan Atomic Power Co. resuming operations at its Tsuruga nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture are virtually nil now that an active fault is suspected to run directly beneath one of its reactors, the head of the Nuclear Safety Commission said Thursday.

If the fault is confirmed to be active, Japan Atomic Power would be prevented from restarting the plant’s two reactors unless it can prove their safety, Haruki Madarame told reporters.

“But such proof is almost impossible,” he added. [...]

“Needless to say,” a reactor built on the outcrop of an active fault tilts when the fault moves, Madarame said. [...]

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Published: April 26th, 2012 at 10:59 pm ET
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