Japan To Close 3 Nuclear Plants Or Another Campaign Game?

The current government in Japan has declared they will shut 3 older nuclear reactors in Japan at the Mihama and Tsuruga nuclear plants. A bit further into the story they admit they won’t actually be making this decision it will be up to the new nuclear agency that takes over this week. So the decision isn’t really a decision or their decision…

The three reactors are past their 40 year shut down dates and all sit above a crush zone making them more prone to quake damage.

Mihama unit 1 is 320MW
Mihama unit 2 is 470MW
Tsuruga unit 1 is 357MW

These are tiny compared to newer nuclear reactors that come closer to the 1000MW range. So the idea of shutting these units down may be a good campaign promise and would take three smaller risky plants out of the mix but may not be quite the sweeping change the current government proclaimed it to be.

Tsuruga has a number of faults under the plant. This issue was part of a cover up where plant owners knew since 2005 about the faults under the plant but covered up the report.  The Mihama nuclear plant could be subject to the same fault line as the Tsuruga nuclear plant. The combination of small size, age and quake risk may have contributed to these units being subject of decommissioning. If this becomes official we will post an update.

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