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Fukushima troubles affecting other nuclear plants

NHK World | March 26, 2011

Japanese electric power companies that operate nuclear power plants are facing difficulty in either restarting nuclear reactors in their checkups or transporting nuclear fuel to the power plants.

Municipal governments that host nuclear power plants are urging plant operators to freeze expansion projects and to review safety measures.

Hokuriku Electric Power Company has indicated that the firm has difficulty in rebooting two reactors at its Shika plant in Ishikawa Prefecture without the understanding of the prefectural government and residents. The reactors were taken out of operation for either mechanical trouble or regular inspection.

In western Japan, Kansai Electric Power Company has decided to postpone transporting nuclear fuel to one reactor at its Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture from France.

The company cites difficulty in ensuring the fuel’s safe delivery because the government is busy handling the aftermath of the March 11th disasters and can’t provide the necessary safeguards for transport.

Kyushu Electric Power Company has delayed restarting its two reactors at the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture.

Ichiki-Kushikino City in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, says it will ask Kyushu Electric to freeze planned construction of a new reactor at its Sendai plant until the safety of the plant is guaranteed. Most of the city is within 20 kilometers of the nuclear power plant in neighboring Sendai City.

Fukui Prefecture in central Japan has urged Japan Atomic Power Company, which runs Tsuruga Power Station, to do all it can to ensure safety of its plant.

The plant operator replied that it has just installed portable emergency power generators for its two reactors.

The company has also revealed new safety measures costing nearly 250 million dollars, including a plan to add pipes that supply water directly from a fire truck to one of its reactors and its spent fuel pool.

The reactor is a boiling-water type, the same as those at Tokyo Electric’s troubled Fukushima plant.

March 26, 2011 - Posted by | Nuclear Power

3 Comments »

  1. Japan is perfect for ocean wave/ tidal .

    they don’t need nukes. they can ocean thermal wind, solar.

    they seem very efficient with mass transit
    and high tech

    ocean biofuels and algae up and coming.

    Did they never think of a tsunami?

    they are well known as well as quakes & typhoons but that’s hindsight.

    we know now another could hit tomorrow;

    they on the rin of fire…..

    my brother’s in Kona on big island and they are taught to expect tsunamis.

    Comment by kim | March 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. What if Israel Did Fukushima?

    Comment by morris | March 27, 2011 | Reply


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