Japan’s NRA is expected to give restart approval for the Sendai nuclear plant this week. The reactors still would not restart before winter as a number of tasks still need to be completed including obtaining local consent.
A volcano risk committee is still working through the risk factors to nuclear plants. Sendai is one of major concern with a nearby active volcano.
Local governments remain skeptical about restarts. Local governments were mostly undecided or against restarts. Only 12% of local governments were positive towards restarts with most of those being the local towns that host the plants and receive large sums of money for hosting the plants.
Japan’s government has jumped in on the restart issue with a policy shift over the weekend. They urged the shut down of old reactors and even offered to help pay to ease the financial issues of decommissioning. Of course this comes out of the taxpayers pocket.
We looked at the number of reactors and their potential for a restart. In the map below we flagged reactors for their potential to restart. Those with a black designation are already decided to be shut down. Those with a red designation have an issue that would likely lead to them being eventually shut down permanently. This would include things like age or age combined with a higher risk reactor design (BWR) or a known external risk like an active fault under the plant. Orange designations are those reactors with factors that could hinder a restart. Those with a green designation lack a currently known issue that could prevent it from a restart. The “R” over a designation means that reactor has filed for restart inspection by NRA. Those with a green designation and an R are the most likely to restart. A larger version of this map can be viewed here.
image credit | Eric Allie
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