JAPC Joint Review Report

This week our independent review team visited the Japan Atomic Power Company’s (JAPC) Tsuruga Nuclear Power Station for the fourth time.

As many of you know, the Japan Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) has stated that an active fault runs under Tsuruga Unit 2 and therefore under regulations should be shut down. The NRA’s criteria for fault activity, or capability as we say in the US and Europe, is movement during the last 120,000 years.

Our preliminary report was presented at a press briefing in Tokyo yesterday.

According to the NRA’s definition of an active fault (120,000 – 130,000 years ago), and our team’s independent review of the recent investigations by JAPC, we conclude that there is persuasive and powerful scientific evidence that the geological features investigated do not indicate active faults.

The report (JAPC Joint Review Report June 2014) and the full version of my introduction to the press (download as PDF) can be found in the documents section of my profile.