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24 April, 2019

Electric Power Companies Ask NRA for Understanding on Extending Grace Period for Building Anti-Terrorism Facilities at NPPs

On April 17, a meeting was held by the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) to exchange views and opinions with representatives of the country’s electric power companies.

Deadline drawing near for construction of anti-terrorism facility at Sendai-1 and -2 NPPsThe meeting was part of the NRA’s hearings opened to the public, with the heads of the some of the operators’ nuclear power sections invited. Present this time were Ikuo Morinaka of the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP), Chiyoji Kurata of the Chubu Electric Power Co. and Naoyuki Toyoshima of the Kyushu Electric Power Co. Kyushu Electric Power, which was able to restart its nuclear power plants earlier than other operators in the country, explained its efforts to build facilities to respond to specific severe accidents (so-called “specific safety facilities”), as required by the new regulatory standards, in anticipation of terrorist attacks and the like. The phrase “specific safety facilities” basically refers to facilities designed to withstand intentional attacks by aircraft. Th...more
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