Japan’s sole reactors to be examined by regulators on June 15, 2013

Japan’s sole reactors to be examined by regulators on June 15, 2013

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The onsite inspection will be conducted by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on June 15, 2013. Inspection will be conducted on the only nuclear reactors which are currently operative in Japan. The reactors will be checked to determine if they are safe enough to be allowed to continue operating after July 2013, when new safety requirements will come into effect.

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Sources familiar with the progress said that about 20 inspectors, along with NRA Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa, will be examining the equipment. The equipment includes air-cooled power generator for emergency use and water pump which is newly installed at the number 3 and number 4 reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture.

The new safety measures will be taken in the wake of the major nuclear disaster which was triggered by an enormous earthquake and a tsunami back in March 2011. The reactors had gone into meltdown, which led to the leakage of radioactive material from the reactors into the air. Kansai Electric said that it plans to use a 108-square meters meeting room next to Number 3 and 4 reactor control room.

This meeting room will serve as an emergency command center in case of serious accidents. The nuclear safety body will also look into any active fault which runs under the Oi plant on the Sea of Japan coast.