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Nuke panel downplayed power loss risk via The Japan Times online

Government-commissioned experts noted in the early 1990s the possibility of fatal damage to nuclear power plants resulting from loss of all alternating-current sources for long periods, as in the case of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, but played down the risk in view of Japan’s advanced technology.

A panel of five experts under the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan held 12 meetings between October 1991 and June 1993 to study cases related to the loss of power sources at nuclear power plants at home and abroad, the commission said.

Representatives from Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co. participated in the study.

In June 1993, the expert panel compiled a 96-page report warning that loss of power sources for long periods could have grave consequences, such as damage to reactor cores. The report can now be viewed on the commission’s website.

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