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Mihama No.3 OK for another 20 years

August 3, 2016

Aging Mihama reactor meets extension requirements



Japan's nuclear regulator says another aging reactor in Fukui Prefecture has basically met its requirements for extending its operation.

Kansai Electric Power Company applied last year to allow the Mihama No.3 reactor to continue operating for another 20 years. The reactor is 40 years old this December, the age limit set by the government.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday unanimously agreed on a draft certification of the utility's safety measures. It said they meet the new requirements set after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

The regulator will seek public input for one month, starting Thursday, before formally endorsing the documents of certification.

The reactor facilities must then be checked in detail for quake resistance design and degree of aging. The deadline for final permission is the end of November.

The regulator earlier this year approved an extension of up to 20 years for 2 aging reactors at the utility's Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Officials with the utility say actual restart of the reactors will take about 3 years, due to additional engineering needed to ensure safety.



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