It makes no sense that Japan wants to restart its nuclear power plants after the shutdown more than three years ago because of the Fukushima disaster.
Two reactors at the Sendal power plant on the island of Kyushu have been certified safe enough to restart by Japan’s new Nuclear Regulation Authority, The New York Times reports. All of Japan’s 48 operable commercial nuclear reactors were shut down after the March 11, 2011, meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, following a major offshore earthquake and tsunami.
It may take months before the certified reactors are restarted. But the question becomes why do it when the country should be moving to safer, renewable sources of energy. The rest of the world should follow.
The prime minister in December is expected to make the final decision on whether to restart the nuclear power plants. Opinion polls show that the public remains skeptical about the safety of the plants even though the Nuclear Regulation Authority was created to restore public confidence.
The people are right to be skeptical.