The government may allow nuclear plants to keep operating even if faults are found beneath them, provided that ground displacements are deemed unlikely to affect their buildings.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency plans new safety rules that OK operations even at plants under which faults are found, despite its current view that reactors must not be built above them, sources said Tuesday.
These last-minute efforts by NISA to set new rules have drawn criticism from experts who suspect it is creating loopholes to ensure the safety of nuclear plants. The agency has admitted that measures to properly assess ground displacements have not yet been established.
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