Japan nuclear plant will likely be scrapped — All gov’t experts say it’s on top of active fault

Published: December 10th, 2012 at 9:00 pm ET
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Title: Japan may scrap nuclear plant
Source: AFP
Date: December 11, 2012

Geologists said Monday a Japanese nuclear plant may be sited over an active seismic fault, indicating that it will probably be scrapped. All five experts tasked by the Nuclear Regulation Authority with investigating the tectonic situation underneath Tsuruga plant in Fukui prefecture said it showed signs of geologically recent movement. Under government guidelines atomic installations cannot be sited on a fault – the meeting place of two or more of the plates that make up the earth’s crust – if it is still classed as active. [...]

Shunichi Tanaka, head of the regulatory body, said: “I have the impression that we will never be able to go ahead with a safety review (of Tsuruga) for resumption.”

If the body formally decides that the plant, which houses two reactors on the Sea of Japan (East Sea) coast, is sitting above active faults, it is likely to be decommissioned. [...]

See also: Gov't: "Almost impossible" to restart Japan nuclear plant -- Tsuruga reactor will 'tilt' if fault moves -- Chances "virtually nil" -Kyodo

Published: December 10th, 2012 at 9:00 pm ET
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