TOKYO (AP) – The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was destroyed in the 2011 disaster, announced on Wednesday that it would accept the punishment imposed by regulators for illegal anti-terrorist measures at another nuclear power plant it manages, a move that would prevent its desperate search. reopen the facility for at least one year.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company issued a statement in response to a decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority in late March to ban it from transporting any nuclear material at reactor No. 7 at the Kashivazaki-Kariva nuclear power plant in Niigata. The event will stop all ongoing steps to restart the plant.
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The sentence will be formally imposed at a meeting of the regulatory commission next week, he said.
The factory was partially damaged by the 2007 earthquake, causing distrust among local municipalities. It has been online since 2012. Nine of Japan’s 54 Aponia nuclear reactors were later restarted under Fukushima Stricter Standards, and four are currently operational.
Authorities gave the Kashivazaki-Kariva nuclear power plant a “red” rating, meaning its management had deteriorated to levels that could allow intruders. This is the first time that the Japanese nuclear aponia operator has been given this rating.
“I hope that TEPCO will make an effort to analyze the problem … ելու will fully cooperate with our inspections,” Fuketa said, adding that TEPCO’s ability to maintain a license to operate the plant depends on the results of future inspections.
TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa has apologized for causing security problems, saying he and the heads of three other companies have been cutting their salaries by 30% in six months.
“We take the issue seriously, we will discuss the reason, we will pursue drastic reforms,” he told reporters.
The case raised questions about whether TEPCO had fully learned from the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which was followed by a massive earthquake and tsunami, but was largely attributed to a lack of a utility safety culture.
Critics say the Kashivazaki-Kariva plant requires higher security because it is located off the coast of North Korea.
The penalty was imposed while TEPCO was making final preparations to restart the plant after regulators approved safety approvals for reactors No. 6 և No. 7 in 2017. The reopening of the two reactors is crucial for TEPCO to reduce its financial burden of compensating for the damage caused. By the Fukushima disaster.
The fine does not affect the sunken Fukushima plant, which is decommissioned. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would make a “final decision” within “a few days” on whether to allow large amounts of purified but still radioactive water stored at the plant to be released into the sea. TEPCO is expected to deplete its water storage area in the fall of 2022.
Hiroshi Kish, chairman of Japan Aponia Fisheries Cooperatives, rejected Suga’s explanation that launching into the sea was the most realistic option, and demanded that the government explain how it would address the damage done to the local fishing industry. Government officials at TEPCO say the radionuclides can be filtered for safety reasons, but some experts say the long-term effects of low doses on marine life are still unknown.
In January, TEPCO admitted that in September last year, an employee used an unauthorized use of an ID card to access sensitive areas at the Kashivazaki-Kariva plant, as did other significant security vulnerabilities.