The head of the government’s nuclear safety commission says the government guidelines for nuclear safety are defective in many ways and need to be reviewed. He apologized for insufficient wording in the guidelines for taking measures against the danger of a tsunami and for inappropriate wording stipulating that it is not necessary to prepare for long-time power loss.
NSC safety guidelines, which are nonbinding for utilities, lacked tsunami countermeasures and assumed that no preparations were needed in the event of a long-term “station blackout,” as occurred at Fukushima No. 1. While various safety guidelines were being considered internationally, (the commission) spent its time finding excuses and explaining why Japan did not need to take such” measures.
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