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Unprecedented decision by Japan’s nuclear regulator to stop restart of the giant Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant

Nuclear Intelligence Weekly 26th March 2021, In an unprecedented step this week, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) banned Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) from moving nuclear
fuel into and within its giant Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant, effectively
preventing it from restarting KK-6 and -7, the plant’s two 1,315 megawatt
advanced boiling water reactors (ABWRs).

The decision, described by the NRA’s chairman as the most serious since the agency was formed in 2012,
follows the use and subsequent cover-up of a false ID card by a utility
employee to enter the plant, and the discovery of numerous vulnerabilities
in systems designed to prevent terrorists from gaining access to the plant.

March 29, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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