◇”Pluthermal” is a Japanese word which combines two English words, “plutonium” and “thermal”. Pluthermal refers to the utilization of ‘plutonium’ fuel in commercial (‘thermal’) nuclear power plants. The fuel is commonly referred to as plutonium uranium mixed oxide fuel, or MOX fuel. (Green Action)
FUKUOKA — The deputy chief of Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s nuclear power generation headquarters ordered documents on a pluthermal nuclear power project destroyed in connection with a campaign to realize the restart of reactors at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture, an investigative panel has found.
Nobuo Gohara, head of the utility’s third-party panel investigating the case, told a news conference in Fukuoka on Aug. 9 that Akira Nakamura, the deputy chief of Kyushu Electric’s nuclear power generation headquarters, instructed the destruction of the documents stored at the firm’s nuclear power headquarters and Saga branch.
The discarded documents included data on briefings on the pluthermal project to be submitted to the central government, and the third-party panel says it will probe the case to see if Kyushu Electric had engineered a cover-up.