Resumption of the stalled nuclear power in Japan, subject to guarantee their safety in the event of natural disasters, it is necessary for the economy, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda at a news conference on Monday.
Prior to the accident at the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" in March last year, 54 reactors provide about a third of Japan's electricity needs. In early March of this year, was stopped at preventing the last operating reactor. Because of fears of the population as long as none of the reactors already received prevention and stress tests, and has not been re-launched.
"We have learned from the accident (at the plant" Fukushima-1 "), the repetition of such an accident is unacceptable. Restarting the plant is necessary not only for the summer period. This issue guarantees of energy security, the question of how to avoid an increase in the price of electricity for the population. This is for the development of the Japanese economy and society. If we can reach an agreement of the local population, the four responsible Minister will make the final decision on the restart. Responsibility for the decision I take, "- said Prime Minister Noda.
First of all, there is the third and fourth reactors "Ooi", owned by Kansai Electric Power Co. The reactors were necessary stress tests, the results of which have been approved by the Japanese experts and experts from the IAEA. Despite this, because of fears a repetition of the accident, like the one that occurred at the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" in March last year, local authorities have not yet given permission for the resumption of nuclear power plants. However, in the industrial area of Kansai, which services including NPP "Ooi," predicted a shortage of up to 15% of the electricity in the summer. This can lead to serious difficulties in the industrial sector, especially among small and medium enterprises.
As expected, on Monday evening, the Minister for the nuclear power plant accidents Goshi Hosono will be sent to the prefecture of Fukui, where the station is located, to negotiate with the governor and local officials about the possibility of restarting the reactors.
If local authorities and the population agree with the connection of the two reactors, "Ooi," it will be the first such solution after the accident at the plant "Fukushima-1".