Tuesday, June 26, 2012

KEPCO Can't Find Photos of Fault at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant, But NISA Says No Problem

We are supposed to take their word for it that it's not active and that the plant is is safe.

Fukui Shinbun reports that KEPCO, Ooi Plant operator, cannot find photographs of the crushed zone that runs through the plant compound, between Reactor 2 and Reactor 3 buildings.

Two university researchers have said publicly that the crushed zone could be active faults or that it could be activated by the active faults nearby.

From Fukui Shinbun (6/26/2012):

大飯原発の敷地内断層写真未提出 保安院要請に関西電力

KEPCO hasn't submitted the photos of faults at Ooi Nuke Plant despite the request from NISA


It has been pointed out by researchers that the crushed zone at the Ooi Nuclear Power Plant may cause the slippage of the ground surface when the active faults move. The plant is currently being prepared for the restart in Ooi-cho in Fukui Prefecture. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency disclosed on June 25 that the photographs of the crushed zone that the agency had asked KEPCO to submit weren't submitted.


According to NISA, the request was not legally binding. KEPCO says "We're looking for the photographs but we can't find them." NISA says the request for the photographs is part of the information gathering, and the agency hasn't changed its opinion that the crushed zone at Ooi Nuke Plant is not active.


NISA disclosed this information during the meeting with citizens' groups held at the Office Building for the members of the House of Councilors (Upper House).


NISA started collecting information after Professor Mitsuhisa Watanabe of Toyo University (tectonic geomorphology) had pointed out the danger of the crushed zone shifting, earlier this month. The agency requested the original survey map that was attached to the application submitted by KEPCO to the national government in 1985 to build Reactors 3 and 4 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant, and the photographs of the crushed zone. NISA said KEPCO only submitted the original survey map.


NISA also said it had unofficially asked the agency's 6 expert commissioners who were knowledgeable about active faults, and some of them were of the opinion that a field survey should be carried out.

I have a feeling that KEPCO is looking all over the place for the photographs, in all locations where they know for sure they don't keep.

The Ooi plant is set to restart on July 1.


Anonymous said...

These men are gambling all of our lives just so Kansai doesn't need to find ways to save 10% of their electicity use over the summer. This is obscene.

The government which allows this is not representing the people.

Anonymous said...

I am SO looking forward to Friday 6PM in front of the Prime Minister's residence....

Anonymous said...

Ah, so NISA is concerned enough to ask for the documentation, but not enough to actually expect to get it should the plant operator conveniently not be able to find them? In fact, shouldn't NISA or some other governmental agency HAVE the pictures filed with the original application anyway? And NISA is also concerned enough to ask their own experts about the crushed zone, some of which are concerned enough to suggest a field survey, but the plant will be - safely, of course! - restarted in a few days anyway?

Please, people in Japan and elsewhere, do not put up with such - excuse the language, there's no other way of putting it - bullshit!

Anonymous said...

Nice. Even Reuters is posting the story of the seismologists concerns today.

Meanwhile in Chicago the ANS is gathering around the campfire.
Health Effects of Radiation Panel
Try to be surprised when you read the topic description and see who is one of the panelists.

Anonymous said...

They ask for documentation to put on a show. NISA and the like would be out of a job if everybody stopped using nuclear energy. Of course they're not going to really care whether it's safe or not.

huemaurice5 said...

The problem in Fukushima is not the strength of buildings but the arrival of supplies. The fracture of external pipes (sea water), as well as electrical outside lines (unprotected) were the cause of the accident of March 11, 2011. What happened at Fukushima can reproduce from around the world as long as the pipes and electrical lines are not protected.

Anonymous said...

Down in a hole, keep on digging full steam.
What honey-pot? Did anyone see me?
Alas Japan is not the sole one doing so.
Big competitors around. Has taken a leading position, though.
Digging your communal grave is funnier than your own grave. Smile !

Anonymous said...

It is time to change the government in Japan. The plant knows where the maps are but it will be show problems. How in the hell does a company working with nuclear products consider building a plant near old earthquake zones is beyond my belief. This shows nothing they do takes safety in to consideration, they just find any reasons to do what costs less. They are not in the least concerned about a few million people's lives.

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