Landslide at MOX-fueled Japan Nuclear Plant — AP: Emergency data transmission from Monju stops as typhoon hits — Kyodo: Can’t access site due to mudslides, reactor temperatures unknown

Published: September 16th, 2013 at 8:07 pm ET
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Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2013: At Japan’s Monju test reactor site in Fukui, which is currently off-line, an emergency data transmission system went down, apparently due to storm damage, regulators said Monday, an indication of risk management issues at Japanese nuclear facilities even after the Fukushima crisis.

Monju Nuclear Power Plant: “A sodium cooled, MOX-fueled, loop-type reactor” (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

Kyodo News, Sept. 16, 2013: Data transmission from Monju reactor stopped [...] There are no prospects for restoration of data transmission for now, with the reactor site in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, inaccessible due to mudslides and fallen trees caused by the typhoon, it said. The Monju reactor has effectively been prohibited from operation because of lax safety management by the operator.

Kyodo News, Sept. 17, 2013: [...] Heavy rain attributed to a typhoon caused a landslide near a tunnel entry point within the compound of the prototype fast-breeder reactor complex in Tsuruga city, according to the regulation agency’s secretariat. The cable damage is suspected near that area, it said. Restoration of the transmission of data such as reactor temperatures is expected to take some time [...]

See also: Asahi: MOX reactor to restart this month in Japan -- Nine fault lines run underneath

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