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Nuclear safety body urges MOX fuel use

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TOKYO The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan on Tuesday assured the nation that it is safe to use plutonium-uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel at nuclear plants, and recommended stepped-up safety measures at plants nationwide, in an effort to overcome growing public concerns that have so far prevented the fuel's debut in the country.

In its 2001 white paper on nuclear safety, the commission affiliated with the Cabinet Office also virtually conceded that its lack of a cohesive safety inspection system was to blame for an accident last November at a Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. (Kyodo News)

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buckets and paper towels.
uiru Click here to see all messages by uiru (Apr 9 2002 - 12:09)

In a country where the authorities responsible for nuclear safety have presided over power stations removing radioactive waste in plastic buckets and leakages being mopped up with paper towels, any assurance of the safety of MOX fuels does nothing but strike fear into my heart.

I feel indebted to the city council that my local eyesore is a sewage replacement plant rather than one of these MOX nuclear facilities.

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