Friday, January 25, 2013

New Rules Could Close Giant Japanese N-Plant, World's Largest

New rules proposed by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority could force the closing of the 7,965 MW Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. The facility, which is located in central Japan and is operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company, is the world's largest nuclear power plant.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority is planning to expand its definition of an active fault in order to protect the public against earthquake-caused nuclear accidents. The Authority is expected to define an active fault as one that moved any time within the past 400,000 years, instead of the current 120,000 to 130,000-year limit, which could mean the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant would have to shut down.