TOKYO (TR) – Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has ordered nearly half of the nation’s nuclear power plants to reexamine their current safety standards against earthquakes and tsunamis, the Nikkei Shimbun said.
The move is in response to the earthquake and tsunami that crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant on March 11. Operations are still underway to contain radioactive materials that continue to leak from that facility. The nuclear safety agency is looking to use new scientific knowledge from the disaster to asses current safety measures, the Nikkei reported.
The order covers 21 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors located at approximately 17 different plants nationwide, the newspaper said.
Stress tests are required before engineers can restart the nuclear reactors and those stress tests cannot be evaluated until the safety assessments are complete, the Nikkei reported. There is no word yet on how long the process will take, according to the paper.