Local government officials call for oversight of Shika underground fault probe

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The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) recently ordered two electricity companies to conduct new surveys after experts concluded that they may have built nuclear reactors on top of active fault lines, which would constitute a violation of government rules.

Local government leaders have asked Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency to keep their health and welfare as the primary priority after this week’s revelations, which implied that the operator of the Shika plant, Hokuriku Electric Power Co, covered up evidence of an active fault which runs underneath the site, and that the regulatory authorities made no effort to question their claims. The leaders requested the nation’s experts to strictly check a planned probe of a seam which runs underneath the site of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan.

The prefecture and town called the panel’s remarks extremely regrettable, saying they greatly undermined public trust in the central government’s checking system.  They requested that regulators fulfill their responsibility, oversee the probe step by step, and increase public communications.

According to the plan submitted by the utility, Hokuriku Electric will bore a vertical shaft over 6 feet in diameter over 125 feet into the ground alongside the reactor building, then a horizontal 150-foot-long tunnel until just under the building.

Source: NHK

Source: The Japan Times


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