Tsuruga mayor still supports plan to build 2 more reactors
"The central government should take primary responsibility for the safety of the reactors and go ahead with the plan," Tsuruga Mayor Kazuharu Kawase told Kyodo News recently.
Japan Atomic Power Co. currently operates two reactors at the Tsuruga plant, and plans to start building two more reactors there next March.
Kawase said the Tsuruga plant is the city's key industry and is a major contributor to the local economy in terms of employment and tax revenues.
The planned third and fourth reactors would be built with upgraded technologies and are expected to contribute to society both in terms of electric power and the environment, he said. "The newer a reactor is, the safer it is."
Earlier, the central government worked out a new energy plan that calls for building 14 more reactors by 2030. But the Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has pledged to review this after the crisis at the Fukushima plant triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Currently, Fukui Prefecture hosts 13 reactors, the most of any prefecture. Of the 13, six are shut down for regular checks or because they have problems.