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Nuclear plant restarts bogged down in safety checks and paperwork

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By James Topham and Osamu Tsukimori

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Oh the horror! These utility workers are having to work very hard, and long hours to make sure that they don't destroy the whole damn country if there is another natural disaster! Another very pronuclear article if I have ever seen one. The damage done to the economy, the amount of work, and how the NRA suddenly asks for this or that information. The NRA is just doing their job, trying to make sure that any and all safety measures are followed, but we won't hear about that will we. No, they are the bad guys keeping cheap electricity from us all!

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Last week the NRA rejected an application by the Hokkaido Power Co to restart its two reactors there. The NRA stated after an inspection that they didn't meet the new safety guidelines which since the NRA are giving the power companies some leeway on safety updates means the Hokkaido Power Co did very little to try and update their plant. It stated it will now take another year before those updates can be achieved. The company could have started the updates six months ago.

Instead of the power companies having thousands of nuclear technicians and engineers camped out in Tokyo in the hope of proving to the NRA the safety of their plants, the same technicians and engineers should be working on updating the safety of the nuclear plants otherwise its more than likely, Hokkaido don't be the only one rejected.

The cost to the power companies will be ¥1 trillion so they are looking to avoid those costs.

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The dangerous nuclear radioactive waste is continuing to pile up all the way from Fukushima down to Yokohama. Where is this waste to be stored in a country with so little accessible land? Aging reactors and the risk of other accidents in the future will lead to a vicious circle and a more contaminated world....

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"Utilities must submit thousands of pages of documents outlining their compliance and readiness on a checklist of 27 main items required by the NRA, covering everything from quake protection to their emergency responses."

I'm glad to see the shoe on the other foot for a change.

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Catching up on 30~40 years of improperly documented tests and botched safety specifications from under the previous regulatory body, plus watching out for forged documents and falsified tests, will take much longer than anyone thinks. Toshiba and Hitachi with the earlier joint-ventures with General Electric will also be feeling the heat, along with Mitsubishi Heavy. But is is reassuring to see that the new NRA is taking its job seriously, and so far seems immune to the brown envelopes that characterised it's predecessors behaviour....

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I have no vindictiveness towards these people, it's likely that the ones who are doing all the work were never the ones who decided on policy in the first place. But, that said, it's good to know that safety is being placed as priority number one here. Not having it as priority number one is what led to the Fukushima disaster. Better to spend the time and money now and make sure that everything is safe, than to not. After all, it's only money. Money is nothing compared to the loss of a significant area of land due to meltdowns.

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The people do not want nuclear power plants. May long the paper mountain stand and may high the safety checks soar.

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I remain skeptical when I see words like this:

A new, more independent regulator (ed. not hard to be "more" when the previous regulator was in complete collusion with the power companies) is in place, asking difficult questions and seeking to impose tougher safety rules (ed. seeking? As in, they can't just do it? They have to sit down and negotiate with the ones who put safety over profits for decades?) on powerful utilities that were largely their own masters for the past 50 years.

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What are they crying about, those things should have been ready and updated every year, instead the cash went into management pockets. I suggest employees having to survive in shitty hotels and 1500 a day on bought meals sue them or walk away.. facilities will be forced to increase pay and benefits. You cant expect mentally exhausted people to do proper work and I bet the management have no cash issues.

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So, these people are working 16 hour days with little reward or compensation? Why is that so shocking? Sounds like Japan to me. The only thing I care about is, if these fools restart the nuclear power plants will my electricity tariffs go down?

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Ahh regulations ... what a bother... what a bother. I wonder what former TEPCO president Shimizu is doing all this time? Perhaps he is too shamed to show his face...

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Oh dear. Being made to sign pieces of paper that can later be used as evidence... well that simply isn't on. Being made to actually DO the safety tests... again, that simply isn't cricket!

Poor nuclear workers...

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"bogged down in paperwork" - so pretty much business as usual for anything in Japan then!

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Darn those blasted safety checks!! So what if there are few seams we forgot to weld, right?...

Safety checks go part and parcel with running a NUCLEAR reactor, if you're too lazy to do it right, then DON'T DO IT!!!

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Ignore the blind people and turn on the reactors. High amount of public taxes evaporates keeping these plants off!

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The regulator and staff from the utilities and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, a leading supplier of nuclear plant equipment, are plowing through mountains of paperwork on the technical specifications of reactors and their vulnerability to natural disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011.

Oh, what a ****ing shame! You have to do your jobs right for once, boo hoo.

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Right, there must have been a ton of oversight positions at nuclear plants which had the above as the official regular duty... disaster recovery e.t.c.. apparently they havent been doing anything and crying now... , honestly in that case they should not even be payed at all

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This is the result of decades of botch and corruption. The blame goes 100% to the operators of the plants.

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It's about time the nuclear plants had some real oversight here. Tokaimura, Monju, Fukushima, lots of mistakes and some just too dopey to believe have been made. The Japanese, at least up until now, have shown that they are just not up to the task of responsibly running nuclear power plants. Unless you think the debacle at Tokaimura (some buffoons haphazardly mixing nuclear fuel in a bucket like little kids playing at cooking when mom's not around) is ok, then it's time for the irresponsible Japanese to give up on nuclear power. They just can't be trusted.

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Thank Goodness for oversight into Japan's Nuclear Industry. But what about oversight into Fukushima Daiichi??

TEPCO Quietly Admits Reactor 3 Could Be Melting Down NOW Published On: Mon, Dec 30th, 2013

http://nsnbc.me/2013/12/30/tepco-quietly-admits-reactor-3-melting-now/

Science Mag: Radioactive substances that wash up on beaches can enter water supply — Particles left on sand after high tide accumulate; ‘Important’ process with Fukushima releases?

http://enenews.com/science-magazine-radionuclides-could-seep-into-beach-sand-and-enter-fresh-groundwater-supplies-radioactive-material-left-after-high-tide-could-disperse-could-be-important-process-after-fukush

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima reactor cores melted right down into the ground — That radioactive material is getting washed out into Pacific Ocean

http://enenews.com/nuclear-expert-fukushima-reactor-cores-melted-down-ground-radioactive-material-being-washed-pacific-ocean-audio

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There really needs to be oversight all round in the Nuclear Industry and I am glad it is in place. I am reading a report from the Research Center for Radiation Protection, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Anagawa 4-9-1, Inage, Chiba 263-8555,Japan

Titled: Release of plutonium isotopes from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident By Jian ZHENG*, Keiko TAGAMI and Shigeo UCHIDA

<http://www.rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/anzen_kiban/outcome/Proceedings_for_Web/Topics_4-02.pdf >

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paperwork! just try and do anything official in Japan and youll know the real meaning of paperwork. for a country that know how to make great computers they ceratinly dont like using them. then again if everything was computerized that would mean a lot less rubber stamper jobs. anybody whos gone throught the process of shaken on a vehicle will know what i mean.

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