JAPAN | Agency yet to finalize stress test plan

Posted on July 14, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 14 July 2011

Japan’s nuclear safety agency has yet to finalize plans for new safety checks on the nation’s nuclear power plants, despite being asked to do so in a week.

The government announced on Wednesday last week that it would conduct so-called stress tests on all nuclear plants. It later said the tests would be carried out in 2 stages.

The Nuclear Safety Commission had asked the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency to finalize in about a week the methods and a timetable for the tests.

On Wednesday, a week after the safety commission’s request, the agency’s official in charge of nuclear disasters, Yoshinori Moriyama, said they are unable to say at present when they would be able to report on their plan.

Stress tests involve checking whether a plant’s equipment and facilities could withstand computer-simulated earthquakes and tsunami.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s abrupt instructions for the tests have created confusion among government officials and drawn skeptical views and criticism from local governments that have nuclear plants.

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