Title: Ministers approve hastily written nuclear safety standards
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: April 6, 2012
The government on April 5 approved new draft provisional safety standards for restarting suspended nuclear reactors that were written in just two days after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dropped a previous stance that they were not necessary.
The hastily drafted standards, part of a government effort to get reactors that have been suspended for regular maintenance back on line to avoid energy shortages this summer, limited new demands on plant operators. [...]
Operators only have to draw up plans for other mid- to long-term measures such as the construction of coastal levees. [...]
Noda’s administration is eager to restart the reactors at Oi before the No. 3 reactor of the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido, the last online nuclear reactor in Japan, shuts down on May 5.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (Osaka is Kansai Electric’s top shareholder, operator of the Oi nuclear plant)
- [Hashimoto] attacked the government’s haste
- “There is no way for the government to hastily put standards together and judge safety in a couple of weeks (properly)”
- “Japan will collapse if (restarts are) approved based on these procedures”
- “The role of politicians is to assemble experts who have not received money from the nuclear power establishment and tell them to put together (new) standards”
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Published: April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 am ET