July 11, 2011
Japan’s idle nuclear reactors will not be allowed to restart unless it is proven they can survive giant tsunamis and other extreme events, the country’s government has said.
But with no timetable decided for two rounds of “stress tests” and electricity demand soon to reach its summer peak, concern is growing that Japan may experience power shortages at the hottest time of year.
The first round of tests will focus on reactors that have completed routine safety checks and would have already restarted had the accident at Fukushima Daiichi power plant not plunged Japan’s nuclear industry into crisis.
The tests will examine the reactors’ ability to withstand natural onslaughts of far greater force than previously factored into safety checks.
This article was posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:49 am