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Agency begins inspections at TEPCO N-plants

Yomiuri Shimbun

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Tuesday began carrying out special inspections of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture.

The inspections, being carried out because of the falsification of inspection reports from the plants by the firm, will be conducted over seven weeks, four weeks longer than regular inspections, which are held four times a year.

During the inspections, the officials will examine every item designated in the agency's safety regulations, especially the firm's decision-making system, reporting process and safety evaluation procedure.

Yoshihiro Fuchigami, the agency's head inspector, and six officials stationed at No. 1 Fukushima plant are inspecting the facility.

Fuchigami said the inspections were being carried out as part of special administrative measures to reprimand the firm for its false reports.

"We are authorized to question anyone, inspect all data and visit any place in the plant," he said.

Meanwhile, seven inspectors, including Takao Ishiwatari, the agency's head inspector stationed at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, began examining the facility in Niigata Prefecture.

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