Japan reviews nuclear plant sites as faultline worries mount
News On Japan via Reuters -- Jul 17
Japan is reviewing seismological data on nuclear plants, the trade minister said on Tuesday, as fears mount over the danger from earthquakes after media reports that a second plant in three months had been found to be sitting atop a faultline.
The review could lead to the permanent decommissioning of some nuclear plants in Japan, which prohibits their construction above active fault lines, and fuel a political storm over the future of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
"We will hold hearings to get experts' opinions on nuclear plants that were judged to have been based over no active faults in the past," Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano.
"We are rechecking all plants."
A review by Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) of excavation data for a reactor at the Shika station northwest of Tokyo indicates that an active fault line runs beneath it, Japanese media reported on Tuesday.
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