June 2012

Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The Japanese government is expected to authorize the resumption of operations of two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture as early as Saturday. Last Sunday the prefecture’s nuclear safety committee approved a report guaranteeing the reactors would survive severe earthquakes and tsunamis. The governor of Fukui is expected to approve restarting the reactors after visiting the facility this week, after which Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and several cabinet ministers will officially give the final go-ahead. The Ohi facilities will be the first to resume operations since all 50 of Japan’s reactors went off line in May.
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From The Associated Press on Friday, June 8:

“Japan’s leader appealed to the nation Friday to accept that two nuclear reactors that remained shuttered after the Fukushima disaster must be restarted to protect the economy and people’s livelihoods.”

Full story available here.

The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has endorsed the industry guidance on flooding and seismic walkdowns developed in response to recommendations from the post-Fukushima task force but asked for two changes in in the guidance on flooding.
In a May 31 letter, the agency said that the guidance documents are “responsive” to a request for information issued March 12 on flooding and seismic walkdowns and other issues.
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Plant Update

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. has published measurements showing that the used fuel storage pool at Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4 is level and can withstand a large earthquake. The company last week released details of building tilt and strength measurements and reported that neither the reactor building nor the pool is tilted and that the pool remains safe to store used fuel. Since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, TEPCO has reinforced the support structure under reactor 4’s pool, which contains a full load of used fuel from a reactor maintenance outage at the time of the earthquake.

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