Approval to re-start ‘safe’ Oi reactors in Japan
Tokyo: A local nuclear safety commission in Japan has approved the restart of two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture by endorsing a report stating that necessary safety measures have been put in place.
Some members of the public opposed to the restart, but the commission later issued its approval after citing the report prepared by prefectural officials.
The move came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called on to reactivate the Nos 3 and 4 reactors at the Oi plant to prevent a power crunch.
He also assured that reactors have been secured and pose no safety risk even if the plant is rocked by a major earthquake or inundated by a tsunami.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the prefectural government's safety commission was temporarily suspended due to disruption by some members of the public, the Japan Times reports.
Some members of the public tussled with prefectural government staff, chanting, ‘this commission should be for the people,’ and ‘Pushing it through is an act of violence’, while holding fliers opposed to nuclear power plants.
The committee members resumed the meeting after around an hour at a different venue without allowing in members of the public, the report said.