Nuclear regulators to inspect Niigata plant

Japanese nuclear regulators are planning on-site confirmation of security measures at a plant in Niigata Prefecture in central Japan.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company submitted a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority last week on a series of serious violations of counterterrorism measures at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant.

Authority members at their meeting on Wednesday called for careful consideration of the report, citing the need to discuss not only measures to prevent a recurrence, but also counterterrorism measures and the operator’s security culture. .

Authority Chairman Fuketa Toyoshi said the key is whether or not the factory’s security has been compromised.

He said the body would examine whether TEPCO’s counterterrorism measures and security culture had declined in quality.

Fuketa suggested that authority members visit the plant to confirm the contents of the report and the operator’s point of view on safety.

The authority banned TEPCO from transferring nuclear fuel after a series of security flaws at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant were exposed this year.

The factory will be kept offline until the authority determines that the situation has improved.

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