- The International Atomic Energy Agency is leading a “seismic study mission” to collect data about the effects of the 2011 earthquake on Japan’s Onagawa Nuclear Power Station. IAEA said the mission will include regulators from different countries and other experts. The goal of the trip is to collect information that member nations can use as they develop their own earthquake preparedness and response plans.
- The New York Times reports that a politician in Yamaguchi prefecture who based his campaign on anti-nuclear energy views lost his election for governor. The race had been closely watched to gauge anti-nuclear sentiment; the Times said the 47-35 percent tally still encouraged anti-nuclear activists, as Yamaguchi is considered a stronghold for the victor’s party.
- Reuters reports that Japan’s Chubu Electric Power Co. said it would wait until December 2013 to implement safety measures needed for the restart of its Hamaoka facility. The government insisted on the new measures after determining that a large earthquake and tsunami similar in intensity to the Fukushima events could strike in the vicinity of Hamaoka.
- NEI’s Safety First website has posted a video report from NHK World that shows the Onagawa facility’s employees participating in a tsunami drill using new equipment acquired in the aftermath of the accident at Fukushima.
- The NRC will hold a public briefing Aug. 7 on the status of lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The meeting will be webcast.