Gov't to ask Nippon Paper to check clean-air compliance at plants.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency plans to demand that Nippon Paper Industries Co. examine whether its power generation facilities pass clean-air standards set by the Electricity Enterprises Law, agency officials said Tuesday.
The agency, under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, wants Nippon Paper Industries to submit a report on its findings by early September, they said.
The expected move by the agency follows a revelation earlier this month that paper mills operated by Nippon Paper Industries in Kushiro and Asahikawa, both in Hokkaido, falsified data on smoke from their boilers to make it appear that nitrogen oxide emissions met pollution control standards.
In the case of the Kushiro plant, three boilers discharged nitrogen oxide in amounts up to 1.7-fold above the standard level but factory employees fabricated the data in business diaries for at least three years.
Following the revelation, Nippon Paper Industries inspected 10 other plants and found that four of them were violating the Air Pollution Control Law, the company said.
The four plants are located in the town of Shiraoi in Hokkaido and in the cities of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, Nippon Paper Industries said, adding that the plants had either discharged nitrogen oxide from boilers in excess of legally set standards or fabricated related data.
Nippon Paper Industries is the core unit of Nippon Paper Group Inc., Japan's second largest paper manufacturer after Oji Paper Co.
Nippon Paper Group chalked up a net profit of 22.9 billion yen on sales of 1.18 trillion yen on a consolidated basis in fiscal 2006 to March 31. It had a group workforce of around 12,580 as of the end of fiscal 2006.
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|Publication:||Japan Energy Scan|
|Date:||Jul 16, 2007|
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