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3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit

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sure. why not? what can go wrong, right?

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I am pro nuclear but the spouse is not, but we are both not-pro for humans running them. We need AI doing that.

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offered up to 2.5 billion yen ($22 million) in subsidies to revitalize the local economy per nuclear plant 

A nice euphemism for a bribe!

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This isn't anything to celebrate or be optimistic about.....on the contrary. And after what happened at Fukushima; also old reactors.

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I am generally pro-nuclear power, it is a point I tend to differ from my typical leftist leanings.

That said, this is exactly the type of thing not to do because it is just inviting additional variables into the system. This leads to the kind of problems that makes so many people anti-nuclear power to begin with.

On the other hand, I would like to see details into how much work was done to get approval to restart. I would assume and/or hope that these aren't just mothballed reactors getting rubber stamped and restarted from the sounds of things in the article.

If they DID actually do appropriate screenings, there may not be a problem here after all. It isn't the best PR look for them either way though.

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"I decided to agree to the restarts (of the reactors) after considering the matter fully," Fukui Gov Tatsuji Sugimoto told a press conference

As I was considering the matter carefully in a comprehensive manner I patted my pocket and felt a bulging envelope. This can only be a divine sign that the safety is assured and I had therefore decided to go ahead. Yoroshiku..

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I can just see the reactions when something goes horribly wrong -- and it will... "B-b-b-but we could never have known! TEPCO promised it'd be safe!" and TEPCO or what have you saying, "The government told us it was safe! We could not have known!"

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We need AI doing that.

AI can't prevent earthquakes, dispose of spent fuel, or fix backup diesel generators after they breakdown. If AI can solve those problems, I'd be pro-nuclear too.

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Kyoto city is about the same distance from Mihama as Fukui city. Moreover the wind blows from the north much of the year, so Kyoto gets hit not Fukui. Nobody asked the people of Kyoto what they thought about the restarts.

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If the government is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, restarting those nuclear power plant is the only answer. You’re living in fantasy land if you believe solar and wind power generation can replace coal and oil.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

UNESCO World Heritage status awaits

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This is a really interesting experiment. I can't wait to see the results.

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the green water of nuclear make me want drink one or two glasses to make me feel safe cheers

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Carbon-neutral and dead. Earthquakes pass, but this is making me question buying a house here.

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There is a case for nuclear as part of the energy mix, but restarting mothballed, time expired legacy plants is not the answer. Going forward the introduction of new, walk away safe nuclear plants will require the buy in of the population. This will just poison the well even further.

marcelito, you got there ahead of me!!

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If Japan's nuclear plants broke, radioactive contamination reaches to extensive prefectures. who bear huge cost such as decontamination are nation people.

But present system that even neighbouring prefectures cannot have authority of decision is very unfair.

Subsidy to silence unrest or opposition is mere bribery, it shows that safety of nuclear plants at Japan is doubtful.

several years before, the then chief of Japan's nuclear regulation committee has already said "we don't guarantee safe".

Present Suga government mere takes advantage of climate issue as pretext to defend nuclear industries.

Suga govt who prioritized to defend vested interests than defending citizen from Covid-19 will not defend people from nuclear disaster.

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I knew it! Guessed an announcement like this would come just after Suga announced the out of his a....e "45+ and perhaps up to 50% drop in carbon emissions" at the recent Global Climate Summit (after pressure from the other major economic powers) It is the only way they will even get close to achieving that kind of target.

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Restar superannuated nuclear plants with ignoring guideline, this is Japan's typical and traditional "Nashikuzushi".

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The 40-year maximum lifespan in principle was introduced after the Fukushima disaster, which was triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, due to concerns that aging reactors were prone to accidents.

In the US and for plants following a US design, at the time plants were built, 40 years was the expected lifespan. Many didn’t make it that long. Certainly this was a known issue when plants were built in Japan as well. Plant components and concrete are exposed not only to wear and tear, but also to radiation. Micro-cracking of walls and failure of pumps and valves are problems. Plants wear out.

Nuclear engineers, some of them, believe that lifespans can be extended by careful monitoring and timely replacement of parts and repair of weakening structures. They say that monitoring equipment has improved and made this possible. The repairs are expensive, but doable. Other nuclear engineers disagree, and say that it is impossible to monitor all possible areas of failure.

Right now, many nuke plants in Japan are rather old. I have to say that, in Japan, when spending millions for maintenance becomes necessary, and some politician’s job is to appropriate that money, I’m not sure that it will happen in every case.

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Zichi, I saw on the news this evening that the government needs to find 30 reactors reactivated nationwide, and that these three are just the start.

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Hmm, that sounds safe. Short memories.....

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https://www.meti.go.jp/shingikai/enecho/denryoku_gas/genshiryoku/pdf/021_03_00.pdf

In Japanese, but clearly stating that nuclear will be 20-22% of the energy mix by 2050. The analysis on TV discussed how many reactors due for decommissioning will now have to be brought back on line. They found 21 around the country, but it was a struggle to come up with the last nine.

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https://blog.goo.ne.jp/tanutanu9887/e/a43bbf55884c7e6832943f79a7f56b72

This article, again in Japanese, lists 62 reactors nationwide and their status, down at the end of the page.

According to this, the numbers are:

7 online

2 undergoing regular shutdown and maintenance

7 okayed for restarts

11 applications filed

2 preparing applications

7 undecided

1 under construction (Tepco)

(25, including Monju slated for decommissioning)

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