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Print The central part of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, is deserted after it was designated a difficult-to-return zone following the accident at the nearby Fukushima No. Only minor changes will be made to the law, such as measures to accelerate provisional payments to victims of nuclear accidents.
Science ministry officials on Oct.
The legislation is expected to be submitted to the extraordinary Diet session that began on Oct. One suggestion was to more clearly delineate the responsibility of the central government and the utilities for compensating victims of nuclear disasters.
A committee member who once worked in Keidanren Japan Business Federation supported setting a limit, saying the companies would face a serious management problem if they are unable to predict potential compensation risks. In return, the central government would shoulder the compensation amount above a certain limit, the member proposed.
However, the committee could not reach an agreement, and no change was made to the provision that sets unlimited compensation responsibility on the part of the utilities. Utilities will have to continue setting aside a maximum billion yen for each nuclear plant it operates as insurance for a major accident.
Although the insurance amount would appear to be a sort of limit on the electric power companies, the utilities must also contribute to the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp.
NDFwhich provides assistance when compensation demands concerning a single nuclear plant exceed billion yen.
The central government also contributes funds to the NDF. Calls arose to raise the insurance limit for electric power companies beyond billion yen. However, the insurance industry would not agree to any higher amount, and no change was made in the limit.
The electric power industry said the central government should shoulder a greater portion of the compensation responsibility for nuclear accidents because it has continued to define nuclear energy as an important base-load energy source. Other members cited the possibility that utilities would cut back on safety investment if they knew the central government would pay for compensation.
The minor change to the law to allow electric power companies to more quickly begin provisional payments of compensation was proposed to address problems that arose after the Fukushima accident.
TEPCO took about six weeks to begin provisional payments to disaster victims. The delay, according to TEPCO, was because the utility had no idea about the maximum amount of compensation it would have to pay. Under the proposed change, the central government will provide loans to utilities so they can immediately begin making provisional payments.
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