Japan To Limit Nuclear Reactors to 40 Year Operation, Sort Of

Japan is proposing legislation that would prevent a reactor from operating past 40 years unless the get an exception from the government. What isn’t clear is what those
exceptions will entail.

“It will be quite hard to operate nuclear reactors beyond 40 years and we will implement stringent measures on nuclear reactor operations as safety is the first priority.”

Hosono and others in the national government have had a habit of saying something somewhat vague that sounds good on the surface but does little in reality to change anything. How this will actually impact safety and the operation of old reactors remains to be seen.

The proposed law will also make preparing for an emergency mandatory, it wasn’t before. While this is a change from the old policy of allowing power companies to do whatever they want and only making suggestions, what remains to be seen is if the new mandates will have enough teeth to actually change anything.

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