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NRC briefed NISA on contingencies; Tepco in dark via The Japan Times Online

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in 2006 and 2008 received briefings from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on its contingency guideline for handling nuclear plants in case of a terrorist attack, which may have included detailed procedures to lower reactor pressure to avoid explosions, an agency official said Friday.

Agency officials visited the NRC for the briefings, but the U.S. side barred them from taking notes or speaking of the content with outsiders — even the utilities running nuclear power plants — and did not give them any written material, said Tatsuya Taguchi of NISA’s safety technology department.

The Asahi Shimbun first reported Friday that the NRC provided the contingency briefings. If NISA had passed the information on to Tokyo Electric Power Co. and other utilities, Tepco may have been better prepared for the power loss at Fukushima No. 1, the Asahi said.

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  1. Erik Strommen says

    Thanks for posting the articles, I hope also to read more about the IAEA. In Japan right now, the IAEA is letting NISA & friends get away with the same backdoor collusion to fabricate stress tests according to pre-3/11 data.

    It just seems shameful that neither America nor the world has a nuclear regulatory agency that can looked to for reliable safety examinations.

    Erik, Tokyo

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