Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Unveils New Safety Rules

From Energy Business Review

Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has unveiled draft safety measures to protect nuclear power facilities in Japan against natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

The new safety rules will be mandatory under the standards proposed by the NRA. The move is expected to pose difficulty for reopening reactors, which were shut down after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

The new safety measures, which are expected to be finalised in July 2013, could be seen as a biggest overhaul of mandatory industry standards post nuclear disaster in 2011.

Under the proposed rules, the nuclear facilities must be equipped with backup control rooms located away from reactor buildings, so as to reduce the risk of staff being irradiated in an emergency.

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