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Independent N-power agency eyed / Body would consolidate oversight roles

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The government has compiled a draft plan to consolidate existing nuclear regulatory organizations by creating a nuclear safety agency as an extra-ministerial bureau of the Environment Ministry, it was learned Wednesday.

The reorganization plan aims to integrate nuclear safety and regulatory functions under the new agency and attempts to ensure its independence. The government considers the insufficient independence of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency under the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry to have been a contributing factor in the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The government is studying creation of the new agency after seriously examining its failure to prevent or appropriately respond to the crisis at the nuclear plant, which is operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Fukushima Prefecture.

Due to the crisis, the government has come to consider that government organizations regulating nuclear power should be clearly separated from organizations promoting nuclear power.

According to the draft plan, an advisory panel of nuclear experts would be established under the agency. The plan also includes development of the agency's local organizations to manage existing nuclear reactors and coordinate with local governments.

The draft plan was compiled by Goshi Hosono, state minister in charge of dealing with the nuclear crisis, and others. They want a bill to create the nuclear safety agency to be submitted to an extraordinary Diet session in autumn so the agency can be launched in April next year.

The draft plan stipulates that an important role of the agency would be to make an initial response to and manage a nuclear crisis.

Emergency experts would be posted at the agency to conduct drills at nonemergency times to prepare for the possibility of nuclear accidents, according to the draft plan. The new agency would also work together with utilities and police to implement nuclear security measures against terrorist attacks and other contingencies.

The agency would also be in charge of preventing nuclear proliferation by such measures as protecting nuclear materials and enforcing security regulations.

It would also be in charge of investigating and determining causes of nuclear accidents.

The environment monitoring section of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry would be transferred to the new agency, according to the draft plan.

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Now, at summer’s peak, Yokosuka’s two fuel-oil and two gas turbines are cranking out a total of 900,000 kilowatts of electricity a day — and an abundance of fumes.

The generators are helping to replace the 400 million kilowatt-hours of daily electricity production lost this summer because of the shutdown of all but 15 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Across the country, dozens of other fossil-fuel plants have been fired up, and Japan is importing billions of dollars worth of liquefied natural gas, coal and oil to keep them running.

Japan, the world’s third-largest user of electricity behind China and the United States, had counted on an expansion of nuclear power to contain energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, its nuclear program is in retreat, as the public and government officials urge a sharp reduction in the nation’s reliance on nuclear power and perhaps an end to it altogether.

As its nuclear program implodes, Japan is grappling with a jump in fuel costs, making an economic recovery from the March earthquake and tsunami all the more difficult. Annual fuel expenses could rise by more than 3 trillion yen, or about $39 billion, the government says.

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The owner of the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station has sent a top official to Japan to aid recovery of crippled nuclear plants there -- and to improve safety at American plants.

Roy Brosi, an executive at Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., is in Japan with an industry team lending technical and equipment expertise to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. in the aftermath of March's earthquake, tsunami and three nuclear reactor meltdowns.

"Our industry has always been about learning as much as we can about any event," said Brosi, 55, of Hanover, Beaver County.

Brosi, named FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. director of strategic industry initiatives in July, also will help the power company implement needed changes at its nuclear plants.

FirstEnergy operates three nuclear facilities: the Beaver Valley Power Station, a 1,800-megawatt plant in Shippingport that has two Westinghouse Electric Co. reactors; the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, a 900-megawatt plant that uses a Babcock & Wilcox reactor; and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, a 1,300-megawatt plant with one General Electric reactor.

Read more: Beaver nuclear exec aids recovery of Japanese power plants - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...#ixzz1VU5rVfFK
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*gasp* Uh oh, someone wants to learn from the disaster .... quick, hang him!

Troll moment, yeah, but a ring of truth to it. Nuclear hatred is another of the ignorant and stupid hatreds that are rampant in the world today.
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