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 Japan Nuclear Plant Restarts Continue Slowly 
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TOKYO (Reuters) - The pace of approvals for nuclear reactor restarts in Japan, where most plants remain shut following the Fukushima disaster, is unlikely to pick up in the coming years, the new head of Japan’s nuclear regulator said in an interview on Tuesday.

Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the world’s worst since Chernobyl in 1986, the NRA was set up in 2012 to draft new safety standards that have been described as among the world’s toughest.

Since then, 12 reactors at six nuclear plants have passed the safety requirements needed to restart, but only four reactors are currently operating. One more reactor that resumed operations after meeting the requirements has been shut down for scheduled maintenance.

Most of the approvals have been for reactors in western Japan and not on the east coast where Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi station was located. The plant suffered multiple reactor meltdowns after an earthquake on the northeast coast caused a tsunami that swamped the site.


LINK TO FULL ARTICLE: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear/japan-nuclear-regulator-says-restart-approval-pace-unlikely-to-speed-up-idUSKBN1D719N

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