Japan to Suspend N-Reactors without Antiterror Facilities

Society

Tokyo, April 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority decided on Wednesday to order the suspension or delay of restart of nuclear power reactors for which operators fail to construct facilities designed to deal with possible terrorist attacks by deadlines.

The NRA is not considering extending the deadlines for setting up such facilities, required under the country's stricter nuclear plant safety standards introduced after the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant.

The facilities include secondary control rooms and filtered vents for pressurized water reactors aimed at releasing pressure from the reactor containment vessels to prevent damage in the event of accidents.

Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503>, Shikoku Electric Power Co. <9507> and Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> informed the NRA last week that the construction of such facilities at a total of 10 reactors at five nuclear power plants would be delayed by one to three years, effectively seeking an extension of the deadlines.

The reactors include seven units at four plants that have been reactivated, including the No. 3 unit at Shikoku Electric's Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, the No. 3 and No. 4 units at Kansai Electric's Takahama plant in the central prefecture of Fukui, and the No. 1 unit at Kyushu Electric's Sendai plant in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima.

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