Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
In General Japan News,
Japan steps up safety regulations at nuclear facilities
The first step in regulating safety measures in Japan to protect nuclear power plants in the event of terrorist attacks and natural disasters has taken place.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has issued draft safety rules which are designed to further safeguard nuclear facilities in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima incident.
Measures would include building control rooms which are in a different location to the reactor plants and could be used as back-up in the event of an incident.
It is also proposed that pressure vents could be fitted to filter out radioactive gasses.
Under the new guidelines, protective structures surrounding nuclear facilities would be reinforced to cope with the impact of an airplane hitting the building if a terrorist attack should occur.
Fears over the safety of the area surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant have been raised again after a fish caught close to the facility was found to have 2,500 times the legal safe radiation limit.
Written by Mark Smith