The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant is situated in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Recently, Japanese regulators delayed the restart of the world’s largest nuclear power plant due to safety flaws. However, the company’s woes have been further compounded by careless employees working from home. The operator of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture has reported that an employee lost a stack of important documents after putting them on his car and driving off. This accident is the latest in a series of mistakes made by the power company, which will inevitably undermine regulatory confidence in the firm.
The strict regulatory procedures and the lack of safety have prevented Japan from restarting most reactors, after the 2011 Fukushima accident. This accident led to the shut down of many reactors, and Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees safety protocols for Japan’s 33 remaining reactors, recently decided to maintain the regulations in place. This effectively banned the restart of power plants as electric power companies had insufficient preventive measures in place.
The power company discovered the violation when a local resident found a part of the document about the response of the power company to fires and floods. The company is still trying to recover the 38-page document that was lost. Employees and their managers received a warning, and the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pledged to ensure that all employees adhered to strict rules when taking documents and information outside the company’s premises.