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maybe the Italians and Greeks have the right idea, instead of crouch, cover and hold
- RUN OUTSIDE
after all they been practicing for centuries
newz,2012-07-17 01:35:16, -37.784, 176.291, 5.5, 291.4, Te Puke
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Wednesday instructed Kansai Electric Power Co. and Hokuriku Electric Power Co. to reinvestigate faults beneath their Oi and Shika nuclear power plants in central Japan.
The decision came a day after members of an expert panel of the government agency pointed to the risk posed by a fault, called F-6, running north-south between the Oi plant's Nos. 1-2 reactors and Nos. 3-4 reactors and a fault named S-1 under the Shika plant's No. 1 reactor, pointing to the possibility that the faults are active.
Government regulations do not allow construction of nuclear reactors above active faults.
Before the reactivation of the Oi plant's No. 4 reactor on Wednesday night, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Seishu Makino said, "If there is doubt, even if only slightly, that it is an active fault, we want an immediate reinvestigation," referring to the F-6 fault.
But he added, "We do not recognize a risk that would force us to stop the reactivation (of the No. 4 unit.)"
If the on-site investigation confirms the fault under the Shika plant's No. 1 reactor is active, it would be difficult to operate the idled power station and there is a possibility the plant would be decommissioned.
The government's nuclear safety agency said it has urged Kansai Electric to submit a reinvestigation plan "soon" and called on Hokuriku Electric to submit its plan by July 25.
Copyright 2012 Kyodo News
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