Regarding Further Initiatives toward the Voluntary and Continuous Improvement of Safety for Nuclear Power
June 13, 2014
Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.
Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (hereafter Chubu Electric) has voluntarily implemented measures in the past to reduce the risks associated with nuclear power generation, such as severe accident measures and construction work to increase their earthquake resistance margin. We would like to announce, however, that efforts to further improve upon safety will be strengthened, and that Chubu Electric has compiled countermeasures and their timeline as a "Road Map".
In the national proposal document "Recommendations Aimed at the Voluntary and Continuous Improvement of Safety for Nuclear Power" published on May 30, it was pointed out that prior to facing the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident, efforts for the voluntary and continuous improvement of safety were not sufficient due to presumption that safety measures built up to that point were satisfactory. The document also pointed out that previously, nuclear power facilities were explained as being safe since the risk of nuclear power accidents is very small, and not mentioning risks had been the behavior of operators.
In light of these indications, with the determination of not letting an accident similar to that of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station occur, Chubu Electric will confront the risks, the top management will directly work for its reduction, and the nuclear power division will strive for the reduction of those risks utilizing probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), In addition, we will endeavor to share information with members of society, including local communities, regarding the status of safety measures and nuclear power risks, and work to further improve safety with bidirectional communication.
Based on the above mindset, the direction for the measures to take over the next five years and their implementation schedule were compiled. Along with continuing to sincerely work towards matters we have implemented up until now, we will strive for the reification of each measure in the future, such as the enactment of the "Chubu Electric Power Group Nuclear Safety Basic Policy (tentative name)" aimed at enhance governance in July this year, and start of the establish of the "Meeting on Improving Nuclear Safety".