KYOTO — Opposition in the Kansai region to restarting reactors 3 and 4 at the nuclear plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, continued to build Thursday, with Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada telling the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency that he isn’t convinced of their safety.
“I can’t concede to their restart at present. Not only are the recently completed stress tests only the first stage, but, for the next stage, we need a statement of guarantee for the comprehensive safety of the reactors,” Yamada said.
Neither the central government nor Kansai Electric Power Co., which operates the Oi reactors, consider surrounding prefectures to be part of the local community that must be consulted, but nearly 1.3 million people reside in municipalities that lie within 30 km of the Oi plant, which means they must have evacuation plans.
Antinuclear activists warn that the possibility of an earthquake damaging the Oi plant is high because it lies only about 2 km from a fault line. In an emergency, there could be a mass evacuation from Fukui down through Shiga and Kyoto prefectures to ports and airports in Osaka, necessitating disaster response measures throughout the Kansai region.
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