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Another large Japan Earthquake occurred on Tuesday night, May 12th (UTC)-Wednesday May 13th in Japan: 2015-05-12, 21:12:58 (UTC). This one was magnitude 6.8. Meanwhile, Friday, May 15th, is the comment deadline for NRC safety exemptions for Hitachi Zosen Dry Casks for High Level Nuclear Waste, including exemptions on earthquake safety. Japan, of all places, knows better!
According to Greenpeace:
“General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba designed, built and serviced the reactors which directly contributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, yet these companies have not paid one cent of the cost for the reactor failures.” http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/getinvolved/They-profit-you-pay/
Hitachi Zosen “was re-organized in 1934, coming under the overall control of the Nissan zaibatsu,…” Since 1947 “Hitachi Zōsen has been independent from Hitachi or the Nissan Group.”  However, it is still part of the Shunko Konwa-kai which is a “corporate group with history and tradition, including the principal twenty core member corporations of the Shunko-kai…and their subsidiaries“. The main office is in Hitachi headquarters, but they have centers in 52 Japanese and 25 overseas locations. The main office is located in Hitachi headquarters 
“The cost of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is estimated at $250 billion US dollars.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Japan lost their homes, jobs and communities. None of them have received enough compensation to rebuild their lives.”
“All of the costs from the nuclear meltdown fell on TEPCO, the operator of Fukushima, which could not afford it and was nationalised. The costs of Fukushima are being paid by the Japanese people themselves, as taxpayers they are footing the bill for this nuclear disaster.
The situation in Japan is not an exception, if you live in or near a country with nuclear reactors, it is likely that nuclear companies could walk away from an accident near you without paying any of the costs. General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba should pay for the damage caused by their reactors!” Read more and see more pictures here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/getinvolved/They-profit-you-pay/ It was more of a bailout, than nationalization. The management is still private: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/20/us-japan-tepco-idUSBRE9BJ06I20131220 And, TEPCO has turned huge profits, in the billions, over the last year or two. Billions of dollars; billions of yen; billions of euros.
Probably because the nuclear industry got by with murder and ecocide in Japan and because Holtec is getting by with weakening standards, Hitachi Zosen wants to weaken its US dry cask standards. You have until Friday the 15th of May to object. Amendment 5 probably means that it is the 5th such request.
There actually seem to be two spots to comment, so comment at both to be certain. Put the appropriate NRC ID number and take a screen shot of your comment receipt, as the NRC appears to be hiding comments, which are supposed to be public record, so that others can read them:
“List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks – NAC International MAGNASTOR Cask System, Amendment 5”
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International, Inc., MAGNASTOR® System listing within the “List of approved spent fuel storage casks” to include Amendment No. 5 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 5 makes numerous changes to the Technical Specifications (TSs) including adding a new damaged fuel assembly, revising the maximum or minimum enrichments for three fuel assembly designs, adding four-zone preferential loading for pressurized-water reactor fuel assemblies and increasing the maximum dose rates in limiting condition for operation 3.3.1, and other editorial changes to Appendices A and B of the TSs.
Submit comments by May 15, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC staff is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date.”
Proposed CoC No. 1031, Amendment No. 5 ML14216A197
Reducing earthquake safety:
“Page A4-4 – Authorize use of the MAGNASTOR® System at an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) where the maximum design basis earthquake (DBE) acceleration is greater than previously evaluated provided that the ISFSI pad is designed with bollards that prevents a cask from overturning and bollards are designed, fabricated, and installed such that they are capable of handling the combined loading of the DBE and any contact between the bollard and cask during the DBE“. (p. 8) ML14357A049 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1435/ML14357A049.pdf
WTF is a bollard?
“A bollard is a short vertical post. Originally it meant a post used on a ship or a quay, principally for mooring. The word now also describes a variety of structures to control or direct road traffic, such as posts arranged in a line to obstruct the passage of motor vehicles.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollard
Talk about doing it on the cheap!
 Shunko Konwa-kai web site.
The 20 Members of the Shunko Konwa-kai:
・NISSAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
・Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc.
・Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
・NISSAN MOTOR Co.,LTD.
・JX Holdings, Inc.
・JX Nippon Oil ＆ Energy Corporation
・JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation
・JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
・Nippon Suisan Kaisha,Ltd
・Hitachi Zosen Corporatin
・Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
・Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
・UD Trucks Corporation
・Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
・Hitachi Capital Corporation
・Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
・NISSAN SHATAI Co.,LTD.