Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

NRA Plans to Give Inspectors More Power in Investigating Nuclear Plants

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

NRA Plans to Give Inspectors More Power in Investigating Nuclear Plants

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority intends to give its inspectors more authority to check nuclear power plants, empowering them to conduct surprise inspections and ask power companies to make improvements, according to sources.

The government aims to submit a bill to revise the Nuclear Reactor Regulation Law at the next ordinary Diet session in 2017 and implement the new policy in 2020.

Currently, the NRA conducts routine inspections once every 13 months and security inspections four times a year. Usually, the NRA notifies power companies of the schedule and content of an inspection beforehand and examines only the elements in that notification.

Even under the current system, a surprise inspection is considered possible. However, since it is not explicitly stipulated in the law, conducting such an inspection is difficult in such cases as when a power company refuses to allow a surprise check.

After the revision of the law, inspectors will be allowed to freely check all the facilities of a nuclear power plant if necessary. …

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