Japan’s active nuclear reactors allowed to stay online

7 years ago by in Japan

Nuclear industry regulators say that Japan’s two working nuclear reactors represent no threat and can continue to operate.

If the draft assessment by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) receives final approval it will mean that reactors 3 and 4 at the Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture can remain online through September, the international press reports.

In September they will be shut down for routine safety checks that are mandatory, according to the authorities.

In July a new set of regulations concerning nuclear industry will take effect, but the NRA decided to conduct a special assessment of the safety of the Oi plant’s reactors 3 and 4 before then because at the moment they are the only operating reactors in Japan out of a total of 50.

“As of the end of June, we think … the situation will not create serious safety problems immediately,” the NRA said.

The regulations have been set to change after the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster. According to the new rules, the facilities will have to be protected from tsunami and the utilities will have to minimize the consequences of serious incidents, such as meltdowns.