Sendai nuclear plant safety approval attracts 17,000 public comments


The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Tuesday it has received some 17,000 comments from the public on a draft paper that claims two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power station satisfy new safety standards.

Public comments must be included in the final paper on the outcome of the NRA’s safety screening of the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the power station in Kyushu. The final version is due out as early as September.

The NRA announced its draft report on July 16 and accepted public comments for 30 days through Friday.

The report covers a basic plan about changes to the reactors that would bring them in line with the new safety standards, which are designed to prevent crises like the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.

The two reactors at the Sendai plant will clear NRA examinations if the regulator approves Kyushu Electric’s construction and engineering plans for implementing the changes to the reactors and revision of its safety procedures in the event of a severe accident.

But approval is unlikely to come anytime soon, because the power company cannot submit revised construction and engineering plans earlier than the end of September.