Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yukio Edano OKs Restart of Construction of New Reactors in Aomori, Shimane

Yukio "There is no immediate effect on health" Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry who will have technically lost his portfolio on nuclear issues come September 19 (when the new Nuclear Regulatory Commission under Goshi Hosono's ministry takes over the nuclear regulatory oversight from NISA), approved the resumption of construction of two new reactors.

So much for the Noda administration's "pledge" to have zero nuclear power plant operating in 2030. (We're just shocked. Shocked, aren't we?)

From Yomiuri Shinbun (9/15/2012):


Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry allows the construction of Ooma Nuke Plant, Reactor 3 at Shimane


On September 15, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano held a meeting in Aomori City with Governor of Aomori Prefecture Shingo Mimura and the mayors of municipalities where nuclear facilities are located, and told them that he would allow the resumption of construction and operation of Ooma Nucleaer Power Plant by Electric Power Development Co.,Ltd. (in Ooma-cho, Aomori Prefecture) and Reactor 3 of Shimane Nucleaer Power Plant by Chugoku Electric Power Company (in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture).


It would be the first construction of nuclear reactors after the March 11, 2011 disaster.


In the "Revolutionary strategy for energy and environment" that was agreed upon on September 14, the national government clearly set the target to have zero nuclear reactors operating in 2030. If the government rule of 40 years of operation is applied, these nuclear reactors would be allowed to operate into 2050, which would be a contradiction to the new energy strategy.


Mr. Edano said in the meeting, "As to the nuclear power plants with permits for installing a reactor and for construction plan, we as Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are not thinking of any change", indicating the intention to allow the resumption of construction and operation once the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirms safety. The Commission will be installed on September 19.


In addition to Ooma Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor 3 of Shimane Nuclear Power Plant, Reactor 1 of Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant is also under construction by TEPCO (in Higashidori-mura, Aomori Prefecture). However, Mr. Edano said of Higashidori's Reactor 1, "TEPCO is not in a position yet to discuss nuclear energy", indicating that the resumption of construction of Higashidori Reactor 1 would be unlikely at this time.


Anonymous said...

Revolutionary would be 革命的?

It seems the government had previously translated 革新的 for "innovative":

Anonymous said...

There is no future in nuclear power. Noda, Hosono and Edano and the rest of the DPJ know that.

What they don't seem to understand is that the Japanese PEOPLE will require them to shut down the nukes much sooner than they expect.

Anonymous said...

We see the government running media campaigns to promote the safe nuclear myth and downplay the extraordinary cost of what happened at Fukushima.

I don't watch much Japanese TV, but I can't recall seeing any Japanese advertisements that try to explain how nuclear power is NOT CHEAPER than other energy sources; it is just shifting the cost of insurance to the public sector and the population, using a model that fails to compensate for losses when something like TEPCO happens.

Is there a law in Japan that prevents NGOs from running nuclear energy education advertisements? If not, why are the NGOs not doing so? Seems like a pretty easy message to explain. Production costs would be minimal. Why isn't this happening?

If NGOs marketed the truth just 1/4 as much as the government and the nuclear mura were marketing their fiction, nuclear power could be made even more of an election issue.

Anonymous said...

The 0% nuclear policy was a total BS election time lie because if they were serious about it they'd have to start accelerated decommissioning of the plants TODAY to shut down the 50+ reactors in 18 years. The Japanese PEOPLE can't even require their government not to feed them radioactive food they can't even require them not to feed contaminated food to their children. The Japanese people can't even require their government to be open and transparent about the nuclear accident. Until they have enough politicians that agree to forcing out the nuclear industry it is a pipe dream. Germany has a Green party to force through their political will Japan, not so much.

As for NGO's running anti-nuclear ads, good luck. Most media outlets are either owned outright by big business or they are beholding to the big business advertising dollar/yen. How many anti-nuclear ads do you see in MSM the US? None! NBC is owned by GE a well known nuclear supporter, CBS is owned by Sumner Redstone another nuclear supporter these companies have a major interest in nuclear power. Redstone was chairman of the American Cancer Society foundation and he and his fat cat friends use the ACS to justify their actions and confuse future research if it threatens their bottom line.

Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch you only need to read the tone of the article in his newly purchased WSJ to know where he stands on the issue.

"Japan's nuclear accident was a great human tragedy, but its long-term health effects have been exaggerated—and the virtues of nuclear power remain"

Finding a mass media CEO that isn't a nuclear supporter would be like finding a square circle or a gay person that is straight it is a contradiction in terms.

kintaman said...

What does any of this matter anyway? By 2030 so many people will be dying as a result of Fukushima that they will not need nearly as much electricity as now. Japan is finished. They just do not know it yet. If they did they would be taking down these traitors, mass murderers.

CaptD said...

Posted by Bread on another site:
Construction of Oma nuclear plant to be continued

"Industry minister Yukio Edano said Saturday the government does not intend to withdraw permission for constructing the Oma nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture, despite the government's new energy policy calling for the end of atomic power generation in the 2030s.

"I am not considering changing (the construction plans of) nuclear power plants for which the industry ministry has given the go-ahead," Edano, minister of economy, trade and industry, said during his talks with local leaders in the northern Japan prefecture in the city of Aomori.

He also said approval of the newly-established Nuclear Regulation Authority would be necessary to start operating these plants."

*so much for phase-out….


Anonymous said...

All the reactors in Japan must shut down, or end of Japan as you knew it. Keep up the protests and they will be shut down. Save energy and install solar and wind and they will be shut down. Shut them down for the children of today and tomorrow.

Atomfritz said...

I immediately had to think of the famous quote from Konrad Adenauer (the first FRG chancellor) who said:
"Was kuemmert mich mein Geschwaetz von gestern?"
(= "What should I care about my yesterday's blubber?")

Atomfritz said...

P.S.: maybe "gossip" matches "Geschwaetz" better than "blubber".

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Atomfritz, that's a good one... LOL.

Anonymous said...

a good summary of the situation, must read:

Anonymous said...

Wait, wait... here comes the surprise -- nope, not surprising at all.

Anonymous said...

I have been told the Asean plan things longer, like in terms of hundreds of years

Anonymous said...

Yes, for example in Japan the plan is to eat cesium for hundreds of years.
Yesterday NHK aired a program showing that, after 26 years, levels of cesium still go UP and down in agricoltural land in Bielorussia: 2012 soil testing revealed levels of contamination HIGHER than the 2008 test and disqualified several plots of land from agricoltural use for human consumption.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Beppe, yup. FYI--> So I guess Edano figured out that several decades doesn't make much difference anyway.

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