groups seek MOX injunction on Kepco
Japan Times, 19 November 1999
OSAKA -- Two Kansai-based
antinuclear groups announced Thursday that they will seek an injunction
to stop Kansai Electric Power Company from burning mixed plutonium-uranium
fuel at the Takahama No. 4 nuclear reactor in Fukui Prefecture later
The request for
the injunction was to be filed with Osaka District Court today, they
Green Action Kyoto
and an Osaka group opposed to nuclear power in Takahama said they were
taking the action because of concerns that data related to the fuel,
which comes in the form of pellets, may have been fabricated.
Both groups say
they are convinced that neither KEPCO nor Japanese nuclear regulatory
authorities are prepared to carry out a thorough investigation of the
In late September,
KEPCO officials were told by British Nuclear Fuels Limited, which manufactures
the MOX fuel, that workers had falsified data related to the fuel currently
being produced for use at the Takahama No. 3 reactor.
ordered that fuel for Takahama No. 3 be remade.
When pressed by
antinuclear groups, which conducted an analysis of the No. 4 fuel data,
about possible fabrications there as well, KEPCO said that there was
no reason to believe those figures had been falsified.
say data related to the size of the MOX pellets for the No. 4 plant
is suspicious for several reasons, including the fact that, in one instance,
six pellets in a row are recorded as having the exact same measurement
in what is supposed to be a random test of 200 pellets.
there is less than a 1 percent chance of that occurring naturally.
had no comment on the attempt by antinuclear activists to seek an injunction,
but said they still plan to begin using the MOX fuel by the end of the
Under current plans,
Japan hopes to burn MOX fuel at 16 to 18 commercial power plants by
the year 2010.