13 Aug '11, 7am

As Republicans call to eliminate EPA, Japan does opposite, increases the authority of its environment agency #energy

As Republicans call to eliminate EPA, Japan does opposite, increases the authority of its environment agency #energy

At a time when several high profile conservative politicians in the U.S. including presidential hopefuls Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich are calling for the elimination of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Japanese Government is looking to do the complete opposite and expand the authority of the Japanese Environment Ministry to include nuclear power regulation. After being criticized for being too cozy with Japanese utility companies in the wake of the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, nuclear regulators in Japan will soon operate as part of the Japanese Environment Ministry. Government officials hope to place the new agency under the Ministry of the Environment as early as August 15 and have the new agency up and running by April, Asahi.com reports . The decision is being called a significant victory for Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has been pushin...

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