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Greenpeace: Nuclear Safety Regulations Inadequate

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Greenpeace said that the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency "rubber-stamped the stress tests for reactors 2 and 4 at the Ohi nuclear power plant, and the Nuclear Safety Commission NSC)chief Haruki Madarame has admitted that Japan's nuclear safety regulations are flawed, outdated and below global standards" which shows just how reckless the reactor restart process is".

A statment by Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director, said "SPEEDI simulations of meltdowns used in emergency planning are dangerously inadequate, the NSC's integrity is compromised with a corruption scandal, and the stress tests themselves are compromised. Japan's economy and its people cannot bear the risk of another nuclear disaster."

"The government must halt the reactor restart process until a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the causes and consequences of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi is completed," concluded Sato.

Japanese local media found that one-third of Nuclear Safety Commission members on committees overseeing inspections of power plants and nuclear fuel received donations from companies and organisations affiliated with the nuclear energy sector. Additionally, two of five NSC commissioners and 22 of 84 NSC members received a total of about 85 million yen (US$1.1 million) in such donations over a five-year period until fiscal 2010.

Local reports said eleven individuals received donations from nuclear plant manufacturers as well as from electric power companies and nuclear fuel manufacturing companies that are the subjects of safety inspections. Moreover, twenty of the examination committee members received at least a total of 60 million yen in donations even after they assumed their posts at
the NSC.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment, and to promote peace.

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