1. Why such a rush to restart Ōi nuclear power plant? - The mystery of the non-adoption of a back check over the resistance in earthquakes.

original text from Ryusaku Tanaka Journal 15.05.2012 http://tanakaryusaku.jp/2012/05/0004311

Bureaucrats talked as if they were going to say: "our decision is free from defect."15th May at Members' office building of House of Councillors of Japan : photo by Ryusaku Tanaka

Yesterday it was Tepco Chairman Katsumata and today it is government officials. 
I wonder why all those people who are connected to the nuclear electric power generation are always so irresponsible. On the 15th, an environmental group criticized the governmental opinion about restarting the Ōi nuclear power plant.

This meeting was held in the auditorium of the Member's office building in the House of Councillors of Japan where NAAIC heard chairman Katsumata was heard as a witness yesterday. There were 6 persons attended from NISA (Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency), METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and JST (Science and Technology Agency) as the government side.

Citizens of Japan really can not understand "why PM Noda's government is such in a hurry about Ōi nuclear power plant".

The environmental group asked: "why units 3 and 4 at Ōi nuclear power plant are forced to be restarted with almost no screening guide?"

Meikyo Matsuda from JST answered that: "because the Nuclear Regulatory Agency  is not established  yet, we have to screen with past security standards".*

There were almost 200 citizens inside the conference room and one of them cried out of indignation.
"You are just taking advantage of political vacuums!"
PM Noda's regime hastily-formed "Safety standards", an idea given by bureaucrats that made a chaos. But this was just the beginning.

Matsuda might wanted to suggest that they are not rushing for restarting the nuclear power plant.
"I'm talking with my knowledge that i've been building up for a year …" he insisted.

Mizuho Fukushima, SDP Chief, asked promptly: "Why haven't you done any backcheck on earthquakes for Ōi while you already had the knowledge established by an earthquake of an unexpected strength at Fukushima Daiichi? "

I couldn't help but be astonished by the answer of Shunichiro Mita from NISA.
"Back check is not required for restarting nuclear power plant" he said.

The environmental group asked : "Why you are separating the safety standard for Ōi nuclear power plant from other nuclear power plants? " 

Mita said: "Because i consider that back check has nothing to do with restarting a nuclear power plant".

Then what was the lesson of the Fukushima accident?
They are downplaying the risk too much. The government makes me heave a sigh of sorrow.

* The judgmental standard for Safety security to restart nuclear Power plant in Japan 
From website of METI "event progress and the judgmental standard ( in japanese 事象進展と判断基準 )"

basis 1 : In the case of station blackout, operation of security precaution which prevent an aggravation of the situation
basis 2 : Verification for avoiding fuel damage for the accident of unexpected earthquake and tsunami like in  Fukushima 
basis  3 : By the company
Enforcement planning with limited time for better safety measures 
Rapid responses for the control
Independent Orientation for security

Courtesy : Ryusaku Tanaka

About Ōi Nuclear Power Plant 

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