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  •  Hamaoka nuke plant operations suspended (6+ / 0-)

    It would be interesting to know the political calculus that went into both Kan's and Chubu's decision. One hopes, it's because the Japanese people have had more than enough of  nuclear plants operating without properly mitigating the risks.

    Chubu Electric plans to suspend Hamaoka nuclear power plant | Kyodo News

    May 7, Kyodo

    Chubu Electric Power Co. plans to suspend all reactors at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in central Japan following Prime Minister Naoto Kan's request to do so for safety reasons, company sources said Friday.

    The development comes shortly after Kan said at a hastily arranged news conference in the evening that all operations at the plant in Shizuoka Prefecture must be suspended due to concerns that a powerful earthquake could hit the area and trigger another serious nuclear crisis.

    ''It's a decision made after thinking about people's safety,'' Kan said in announcing the request, referring to the science ministry's prediction of an 87 percent chance of a magnitude-8.0 level quake hitting the Tokai region within 30 years.

    •  Operations suspended...or maybe not (5+ / 0-)

      http://english.kyodonews.jp/...

      Chubu Electric Power Co. held an inconclusive board meeting Saturday over whether to suspend the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture as requested by Prime Minister Naoto Kan for safety reasons, participants said.

      The utility serving central Japan surrounding Nagoya will continue talks Sunday or later, they said after the meeting where discussions are believed to have centered on the suspension's anticipated impact on its business and how to ensure a stable energy supply without its only nuclear power plant.

      The plant in the city of Omaezaki accounts for about 11.7 percent of the utility's total supply.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Sat May 07, 2011 at 01:57:24 AM PDT

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    •  Looks like Chubu Electric capitulated (4+ / 0-)
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      In the Asahi Shimbun (English edition):

      Scratching their heads and rolling their eyes, Chubu Electric Power Co. officials plan to halt all reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, complying with the request from Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

      (snip)

      "Although it is a request, it carries the weight close to an order," a senior Chubu Electric official said.

      The company plans to suspend operations of three reactors, including one shut down for regular inspections, until it erects a coastal levee of 15 meters or higher in two to three years, sources said. The two other reactors at the plant are being decommissioned.

      The Chubu Electric official is right about that, it was close to being an order, and in the current environment in Japan the pyrotechnics would have been spectacular if they had defied the prime minister's request.

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