As Japan struggles to maintain a stable electricity supply for its population of over 127, 000, 000 people, government officials have decided that it is a good idea to upgrade their outdated nuclear energy safety standards. In a country that boasts of little or no fossil fuel resources, Japan has had to resort to using nuclear power as its main electricity generating method!
The Land Of The Rising Sun has placed minimal efforts into developing solar energy or other energy systems as the demand for a stable electricity supply increases exponentially!
JAPAN – As the government has decided on new nuclear reactor safety standards, power companies will now be required to implement further safety improvement measures.
Meanwhile, local governments are trying to gauge how committed the central government is to quickly securing a stable electricity supply.
The central government will monitor whether power companies have implemented safety measures to prevent a crisis similar to the one that occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011, disaster.
Companies must also commit to implementing further steps as soon as possible, according to the new safety standards.
With an eye on reactivating the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, the government approved the safety standards at a meeting Friday attended by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three other Cabinet ministers in charge of nuclear policy.
The safety confirmation standards consist of two stages.
The first stage is divided into two sections:
Emergency measures to prevent a worse situation even if a reactor loses all power. This section consists of 16 checkpoints in four categories.
Government confirmation of stress test results for the reactor regarding whether it can maintain cooling functions to prevent a meltdown even if it is hit by a disaster as powerful as the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
The emergency measures were decided by the central government, following the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The second stage relates to operators’ commitment to medium- and long-term safety enhancements.
News Source: Asia One