If you work for a big power company or a government agency there are apparently two excuses that will get you out of absolutely any possible trouble.
1. I can’t find it. 2. I can’t remember.
KEPCO claims they can not find a sketch of fault lines and photographs requested by the government to determine the seismic risk at the Oi nuclear plant. Professor Mitsuhisa Watanabe, tectonic geomorphologist at Toyo University in Tokyo has shown there could be active faults under the Oi nuclear plant set to restart this Sunday. The fault likely sits under the emergency water intake system, a critical piece of safety equipment. The professor said this about the government looking the other way on the known seismic risk at the plant.
“The expertise and neutrality of experts advising Japan’s Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency are highly questionable,”
Professor Watanabe and members of the national diet toured the area at Oi yesterday. The professor said it would take about one day to dig the area, inspect the fault and fill it back in. A member of the government backed committee to review Oi’s safety said this earlier this week.
“It is necessary to make an onsite examination of the shattered faults once more. We have only seen part of the past inspection records. We need to examine all of the information.”
Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist at Kobe University said that “seismic modeling by Japan’s nuclear regulator did not properly take into account active fault lines near the Ohi plant.”
“The stress tests and new safety guidelines for restarting nuclear power plants both allow for accidents at plants to occur,” Ishibashi told reporters. “Instead of making standards more strict, they both represent a severe setback in safety standards.”
What will happen next remains to be seen.
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