Apr 8, 2014

Climate that values safety tops: NRA chief

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Tuesday that establishing a climate that values safety is essential before the nation returns to nuclear power, in light of the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant disaster that started in 2011. “It is said that there has ...

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Mar 13, 2014

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Nuclear regulators decided Thursday to prioritize safety reviews for two reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, which could mean they are the closest in the nation to restarting. Seventeen reactors at 10 power plants are awaiting inspection to determine whether they satisfy ...

Mar 3, 2014

NRA adds 384 staff from defunct agency

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday held an initiation ceremony for 384 staff joining from the now-defunct Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization who will bring their technical expertise to the body. JNES was abolished Saturday and absorbed by the NRA, which was set up ...

Mar 2, 2014

Only 20% of municipalities will OK reactor restarts: poll

Only about a fifth of the 156 local governments situated within 30 km of a nuclear power plant would give the nod to reactor restarts if regulators declared them safe, a survey says. Of those 37 governments, 13 said they would do so unconditionally ...

Feb 20, 2014

NRA to name reactors sailing through review

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it will judge in the next two or three weeks whether any reactor undergoing a safety review could enter the final stage of the process toward resuming operations. After narrowing down the list of reactors that appear free ...

Feb 13, 2014

NRA OKs report denying active fault under Oi plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday approved a report from an expert panel that a crush zone running beneath Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture is unlikely to move in the future. NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said that inspections of ...

NRA to re-examine fault situation at Tsuruga plant

Jan 20, 2014

NRA to re-examine fault situation at Tsuruga plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority team began a two-day re-examination Monday of Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture to follow up on its discovery last May that reactor 2 is sitting on an active fault. In a report the following July, however, ...

Dec 17, 2013

Fault under reactor to be checked once more

The Nuclear Regulation Authority may send experts to the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture to further study a geologic fault that the NRA determined in May to be active, sources said. The NRA commissioners will discuss the issue during their regular meeting ...