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Flaws found in anti-terror measures at Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

Flaws found in anti-terror measures at Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, Japan Times, 19 May 21,

Anti-terrorism measures implemented at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, which is set to be decommissioned, have been found to be flawed, it was learned Wednesday.

It was discovered that doors leading to the nuclear materials protection areas at the plant, which are under heavy entry-exit surveillance as part of anti-terrorism measures, were not properly managed.

Some security checks conducted when people leave or enter such areas were also neglected.

The flaws were reported to a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on the same day.

According to the NRA, the flaws have been fixed and there are no signs of intrusion.

The NRA said that a worker at the nuclear plant found a door with inadequate access control measures to the area at the plant’s No. 4 reactor on March 19.

On the following day, a door with a similar flaw was found at the plant’s No. 1 reactor. Plant operator Tepco reported the flaws to the NRA.

The company also found that necessary checks, such as those involving metal detectors, were skipped at some doors to the nuclear materials protection areas.

While the doors in question at the No. 1 and No. 4 reactors were not used on a day-to-day basis and were locked, Tepco said that it was unaware that the doors were on the boundaries……..  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/05/19/national/fukushima-antiterror-flaws/

May 20, 2021 - Posted by | Japan, safety

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