Nuclear power stations in Japan - map

21:30 JST March 30: Japan ordered an immediate safety upgrade at its 55 nuclear power plants on Wednesday in its first acknowledgement that standards were inadequate when an earthquake and tsunami wrecked a facility nearly three weeks ago, sparking the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

via Japan orders immediate safety upgrade at nuclear plants. Also on Yahoo News.

I feel like saying “Bolting the door after the horse has gone”, but I suppose it is not completely a waste of time. Can the government enforce its own regulations, though? TEPCO were substandard in their safety procedures but they were granted their renewed license anyway.

Kansai Denryoku beat the government to it: they announced their across-the-board upgrading and strengthening and safety review earlier this week.

It was also pointed out to me by my better half that another reactor on the coast, further north at Onagawa, has not had any trouble at all. It is not owned by TEPCO but by Tohoku Electric Power company.

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