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Japan:Nuclear operators submit safety reports

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Laaska News  June 16,2011

The Japanese operators of 2 nuclear reprocessing facilities have submitted reports on their strategies for dealing with loss of power sources, in the wake of the Fukushima crisis.

Japan Nuclear Fuel operates a nuclear reprocessing plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, and Japan Atomic Energy Agency operates an experimental reprocessing plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture.

In separate reports to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in Tokyo on Wednesday, the companies detail their safety measures to avoid hydrogen blasts in the event of an external loss of power.

The measures include installation of air compressors to vent hydrogen, generated when fuel rods cannot be cooled, and the use of fire trucks to pour water into the spent nuclear fuel pools.

The Agency called the measures appropriate but told the operators to prepare for cases of severe accidents. It advised them to secure protective clothing and kits for workers and communication tools in case of emergency.

The agency asked them to submit new reports by next Wednesday.
Japanese power companies are trying to improve safety measures, following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

NHK.

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