Saturday, May 14, 2016

Resistance Meets Efforts to Re-Start Nuclear Power Plants in Japan

The Mainichi reports that Chubu Electric has filed a request for a safety review with the NRA in order to restart the Hamaoka plant's No. 3 and 4 reactors but locals are resisting:
No municipalities near Hamaoka nuclear plant want restart: survey. The Mainichi, May 14, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

None of the 11 municipalities within the 30-kilometer-radius urgent protective action planning zone (UPZ) around the Hamaoka nuclear plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, want the power station's idled reactors restarted, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has found.

The reactors at the Hamaoka plant, operated by Chubu Electric Power Co., were shut down on May 14, 2011 at the request of the central government, following the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March that year. The survey, sent to the mayors of each municipality as well as Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu in April, was timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of that shutdown.
Local mayors know that a damaged nuclear power plant is forever when considered from the perspective of human lifetimes.

Fukushima is looking more steamy today despite the efforts involving the odd contraption I remarked on yesterday: