Here’s the latest update from the anti-nuclear front with Green Action Japan:
1. Government Committee to Deliberate Earthquake Fault (F-6) at Ohi Nuclear Power Plant
2. Green Action Executive Director Meets METI Minister Yukio Edano
On Friday, 29 June, NISA announced that the earthquake fault under the Ohi Plant will be on the agenda of NISA’s Earthquake・Tsunami Expert Advisory Group. This is a breakthrough since it is an admission that this issue must be formally examined. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 3 July (14:00~16:30.) Citizens can have observer status at the meeting. Yuichi Sugiyama, interviewed earlier by Kyodo on this issue, is one of the committee members.
The advisory committee meeting comes a day and a half after Ohi Unit 3 is to be started. Citizens are demanding that an on-site investigation of the F-6 fault be undertaken before restart of Ohi Units 3 and 4. The investigation would only take a maximum of one week.
On 29 June, Green Action director met with METI Minister Yukio Edano when she accompanied Ben Hashimoto (Lower House), one of the five Diet members who took part in the multi-partisan Diet member delegation which inspected the Ohi nuclear power plant on 27 June with tectonic geomorphologist Mitsuhisa Watanabe, Toyo University.
Smith challenged METI minister Edano when he said that no new information has been released concerning the issue. She stated that crucial information on the F-6 fault had been suppressed by NISA and Kansai Electric when the back-check examination of Ohi earthquake faults was undertaken by government-appointed experts in 2010. After this back-check, NISA examined the crucial information (the Sketch of the Nortwest Wall) and issued its report stating that F-6 was not an active fault. It is unclear if any experts were involved in this determination made after the back-check.
Edano’s reply to Smith was, “I am not here to debate this issue with citizens.”
Earlier in the day Edano addressed the Ohi F-6 Fault issue during his regular press conference.
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