Oi Reactor Shuts Down, Japan Nuke Free, Typhoon Bears Down On Fukushima

AJW_oiprotest1The last operating nuclear reactor in Japan has shut down, leaving Japan again nuclear power free. Last year Japan briefly was at zero nuclear power. Threatened blackouts never happened even at the height of summer. With this new shutdown at Oi KEPCO has yet again made threats of blackouts, this time claiming the coming winter. Reactors in Japan can not restart without passing the new NRA inspections and regulations. The power companies and their allies in government have been putting increasing pressure on the NRA to rubber stamp reactor restarts citing economic motivations. Last year when Japan allowed the reactors at Oi to restart the plant was blockaded by protesters in a weekend long uprising. The lone road into the plant was blocked with vehicles chained together. Protesters, some arriving on buses danced, drummed and stood in the rain hoping to prevent the restart of the plant.

Typhoon 18 is bearing down on the Tokyo region right now and expected to hit Fukushima Daiichi directly. These kinds of storms have posed a problem before. High winds blow debris and excessive rain washes contamination out to sea. Work at the plant usually must be suspended and critical responses at the plant become difficult.
This was today’s weather warning for the region:
2013-09-15 23:53 JST Fukushima Local Meteorological Observatory: In Fukushima prefecture, violent gust of swollen rivers and landslides, strong winds, high waves, such as a tornado, please pay attention to lightning. Nakadori, in Aizu, please pay attention to flood the low land.

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