In a news conference held after a meeting between a panel of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority and officials of Tohoku Electric, Commissioner of NRA and head of the panel, Kunihiko Shimazaki, announced, “there were no facts that made us correct the recognition we reached earlier.” This recognition was that geological faults under the Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s atomic power plant in Aomori Prefecture are active, which makes reactivation of the plant less likely to happen.
The purpose of the meeting was to allow Tohoku Electric to be heard and to argue that no active faults are present in the site that would potentially endanger the safe operations of the only reactor at the Higashidori complex. In a separate press conference, Takeo Umeda, Vice President of Tohoku Electric, has made it clear that the company will not give up its view that the fault is inactive, and that it will conduct further investigation at the site to prove this.
The said faults do not allegedly run directly under the reactor, but according to the panel’s assessment highlights, it will be difficult to put the reactor back online because of the necessity of re-assessing the plant’s quake resistance, as well as taking measures to ensure reinforcement of the facilities.
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