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More approvals still needed for restart of two Japanese nuclear reactors

flag-japanTwo more Japan nuclear reactors get safety clearance TOKYO Thu Feb 12, 2015 (Reuters) Japan’s atomic regulator on Thursday cleared a second set of reactors for restart, another step towards returning the country to nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster of 2011 led to the shutdown of all units.

Two reactors at the Takahama nuclear station operated by Kansai Electric Power, Japan’s most nuclear-reliant utility before Fukushima, passed the basic standards for operation, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) commissioners said at a meeting.

They must still get approval from the NRA on design upgrades and go through operational checks, as well as get the greenlight from local authorities to restart……..

Japan’s public remains opposed to atomic power, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has been pushing to restart nuclear reactors that meet strict rules set after the Fukushima disaster.

February 13, 2015 - Posted by | Japan, politics

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