The Nuclear Regulation Authority has all but ruled out the restarting of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant after a team of experts have presented its findings that there is a fault line running under the No. 2 reactor in the plant which is most likely active.
NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said that there is no possibility of conducting a safety screening as of the moment and this is a clear sign that they will not authorise the plant owned by Japan Atomic Power Co. to restart, given that the guidelines do not allow nuclear reactors to be built over active faults. After The NRA officially publishes their findings, it is expected that the plant will be decommissioned. Japan Atomic Power has said that they will conduct more seismic surveys and revisit the findings next year, but it’s looking highly unlikely that the NRA will change its findings. Not when there are so many eyes closely watching the NRA’s every move to avoid another Fukushima-like event.
The No. 1 reactor at Tsuruga has been offline for 42 years and regulations will not allow facilities that are over 40 years old to resume operations. Plans to build the No.3 and No. 4 reactors are most likely to be scrapped as well. The decommissioning of the plant will leave Japan Atomic Power with a large amount of charges since Tsuruga is its most valuable asset. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is already in preliminary talks to bail out the company.
[ via Nikkei ]