On Wednesday, officials from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority approved a new set of nuclear safety guidelines for utilities to follow in order to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters, the new rules will go into effect in July. The rules are stricter in controlling how utilities prepare for serious accidents and most will need to be met in order to restart any shutdown nuclear reactors. Next, the new guidelines will be updated after taking the public’s opinion into account.
Most attention now will be focused on how the Nuclear Regulation Authority will apply the new safety guidelines to the operational reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant and to screen idle reactors wanting to restart. Last month, officials from the regulatory agency decided not to apply any new safety guidelines to the Ohi plant until their regular inspections later in the year.
Source: JiJi Press