World Nuclear News reported today that Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is asking Chubu Electric Power Company to voluntarily close the reactors at its Hamaoka nuclear power plant. The request comes after a new study by the Ministry of Education:
…analysis from earthquake experts under the Ministry of Education predicted an 87% chance of magnitude 8 earthquake in the Tokai region within 30 years and the risk of a major tsunami.
The Hamaoka facility consists of three operating reactors, including an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWRs) , with another planned for the site. Hamaoka has an additional two reactors that have been closed permanently.
Chubu says that it is considering the Prime Minister’s request.