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Chubu Says Japan Regulator Sought to Sway Public on Atomic Power via Bloomberg

By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada – Jul 29, 2011 5:00 AM CT

Chubu Electric Power Co. said Japan’s nuclear regulator asked the utility to prepare questions favoring atomic power for a public hearing in 2007, compromising the watchdog’s code of conduct.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency — which lists one of its codes of conduct as “neutrality and justice” — asked Chubu to write queries on plutonium-thermal technology at its Hamaoka nuclear plant, so that “not all questions would be from opponents of the program,” Chubu Electric said today in a statement on its website.

The regulator, known as NISA, also suggested the utility have local residents ask the questions during the meeting, the statement said. Chubu Electric said it declined the request as it would violate its own compliance regulations. NISA said it couldn’t confirm the accuracy of the statement.

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