The stress tests to review nuclear plant safety don’t include lessons from the Fukushima No. 1 disaster, effectively ignoring the reason for running the checks, according to two government advisers.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., a maker of nuclear plant equipment, runs the disaster simulations for the utilities, which pass the results to NISA, Ino and Goto said.
The reports are reviewed by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization, which employs former MHI staff, raising a potential conflict of interest, they said.
Some members of the advisory committee receive research funding from Mitsubishi Heavy and related firms, Ino and Goto said. Representatives of communities hosting reactors haven’t been included in the safety review, they said.
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