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NRA satisfied with prevention measures at Monju

November 25, 2015


NRA approves accident prevention steps at Monju

Nov. 25, 2015 - Updated 10:33 UTC+1




Japan's nuclear regulator has approved accident prevention measures presented by the operator of the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor.

During a safety check in July, a crane dropped a steel cover for an emergency power generator. The generator would be crucial in an emergency at the plant.

The operator, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, presented a report on ways to prevent similar accidents to the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

The report said the crane procedures were insufficient. It said the agency will provide thorough training to workers.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved the report on Wednesday. The authority will confirm next month that the steps are actually implemented.

NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said workers always take care when operating a crane. He said it seems workers at Monju lack attentiveness.

Earlier this month, the NRA recommended the Science and Technology Minister find a different entity to operate Monju within about 6 months. The ministry is considering how to respond the recommendation.



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