IAEA inspects safety of Japanese nuclear plant

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has completed an operational safety review of a nuclear station in Japan. The Japanese Government asked the IAEA to inspect the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has completed an operational safety review of a nuclear station in Japan.

The Japanese Government asked the IAEA to inspect the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station.

In a 14-day review, the Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures during the mission, stated the IAEA.

OSART comprised 10 experts from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Sweden, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as two officials from the IAEA.

The review focused on areas such as leadership and training, operations, radiation protection and technical support.

It also covered operating experience, emergency preparedness and severe accident management.

The OSART team identified a number of good practices at the plant that will be shared with the nuclear industry globally such as controlling its combustible material to reduce fire risk or preparing its staff for emergency situations.

A final report of the station, operated by TEPCO, will be launched within three months, stated the IAEA.

Japan’s nuclear industry is only just recovering after the Fukushima disaster four years ago.