The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has announced that it is to relabel its new nuclear safety standards.
The NRA announced Wednesday that it is to change the name of the guidelines it is drawing up for the operators of nuclear power plants. A regulatory committee member voiced the concern that calling the guidelines the "New Safety Standards" may lead members of the public to the misunderstanding that following the guidelines ensures the safety of nuclear power plants. As a result the new rules have been renamed "Regulatory Guidelines," TBS reported.
"Following the guidelines does not ensure safety. Rather, adhering to the guidelines is a sign that the operator is attempting to mitigate potential dangers," said NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka.
The new regulatory guidelines are scheduled to be finalized by July.
The NRA also announced that nuclear reactors more than 40 years old will be subject to special inspections before they will be allowed to go back online.
In principle, reactors more than 40 years old are supposed to be decommissioned, but 20-year extensions will be allowed if the reactors pass strict safety checks.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that the government will give the OK for nuclear reactors to be restarted if their safety is assured. He said the government must learn the lessons of the Fukushima disaster, and insisted that the government will never compromise on safety.© Japan Today