Japan:TEPCO begins stress tests at idled reactors
Laaska News Sept. 9,2011
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has begun stress tests to confirm the safety of its idle nuclear reactors.
TEPCO began the tests on Friday at 2 of the 7 reactors at the Kashiwazaki-kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture.
The utility plans to assess the reactors’ earthquake and tsunami resistance through a computer simulation.
Such tests were introduced in Japan after the March 11th disaster caused reactor core meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which is also run by TEPCO.
Other reactors across the country that are idle for regular checkups must also pass such tests before their operations can resume.
TEPCO says it hopes to confirm the safety of the halted reactors in Niigata and brief local authorities on the results.
But Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida says he cannot determine whether the reactors can be restarted until the Fukushima accident is properly assessed.