The Japanese Parliament approved a bill that allows the life of nuclear reactors to be extended beyond the 60-year limit established so far, a measure that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while guaranteeing the correct electrical supply.
The deputies have thus amended five laws related to the country’s energy sector, including the electricity regulation, which regulates the useful life of nuclear reactors.
After the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the Japanese authorities introduced a series of safety standards that limited the life of the reactors to 40 years, initially, and to 60 in the event that the reactors are subjected to a series of maintenance measures. and improves.
However, the new measure could extend this period by discounting the period of time that these reactors are not used, according to information from the Kiodo news agency.
In addition, under the new reactor regulation law, the country’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) will check the condition of reactors and facilities at least every 10 years after three decades of operation to ensure the safety of the installations.
“These reactors will not be operational unless they pass NRA reviews every 10 years and get approvals,” Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a news conference.
With this proposal, the Government seeks to respond to the shortage of energy supply through atomic energy as the main source. Faced with the energy crisis, the Executive has asked citizens on various occasions to take measures to limit their electricity consumption.
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