October 7, 2020

Approval of the draft report on modification of safety measures for JNFL's MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant

At the Nuclear Regulation Authority Commission held on 7 October, 2020, a draft report on JNFL's safety measures in conformity with new requirements was approved. JNFL perceives the approval as a big step forward and tries our best toward the official approval to be given after several procedures such as public comment.

In Japan, new regulatory requirements were enforced in December, 2013 into the new regulation, reflecting lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. This regulation is said to have institutionalized the highest level of safety requirements in the world. JNFL submitted an application for the modification of the MOX fuel fabrication business to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on 7 January, 2014, and safety checks by the NRA have lasted for about 6 years.

JNFL will reflect the safety improvement measures promised in NRA's review meetings to meet the new requirements, and will proceed with the construction works on the principle of safety first.

JNFL shall contribute to the establishment of the closed fuel cycle in order to secure the energy security of Japan, based on the strict IAEA safeguards and the enhancement of physical protection of nuclear material as major premises.