Greenpeace Slams Decision to Restart Genkai Reactor No. 4

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Greenpeace today criticized plans of Kyushu Electric to restart Genkai reactor No.4 at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant, which have been suspended due to human error, following the approval by a town mayor.

A statement issued by Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director said that, "In the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake and triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, it is unthinkable for any nuclear plant to be restarted before proper safety checks or consultation with the public is conducted,"

"Kyushu Electric must keep this reactor shut, and bring forward the regular maintenance planned next month," Greenpeace statement said.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. is set to resume operations of the No. 4 reactor at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant, after Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto gave the green light to the resumption of the No. 4 reactor at the power station in Genkai, Saga Prefecture, following a meeting with the utility's vice president, Haruyoshi Yamamoto, on Nov. 1. "I'm convinced as the central government has declared the reactor safe," Mayor Kishimoto reportedly said after the meeting.

"Kyushu Electric has been faking emails, stacking public meetings with its employees, and has otherwise been dogged by scandal after scandal, yet the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Yukio Edano, is still allowing it to do as it pleases," said Greenpeace's Sato.

"The government is clearly in the pocket of the energy companies, so it is now up to the Kyushu governor to do the right thing, force Kyushu Electric to put people before profits, and demand that Genkai no.4 be put through the stress test immediately," concluded Sato.

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