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Safety measures approved for Ohi plant

January 10, 2017

Nuclear watchdog approves safety measures for Ohi



Japan's nuclear watchdog has basically approved new safety measures for the 2 reactors at the Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan.

The operator, Kansai Electric Power Company, drafted the measures under the guidelines that were introduced after the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011.

Officials of the Nuclear Regulation Authority will now examine the safety procedures. They are expected to complete their assessment by the end of March.

12 reactors at 6 nuclear plants in Japan will then have passed the screening by the nuclear agency.

Kansai Electric plans to finish the necessary work and equipment tests by the end of September for restarting the reactors. But it will also need to obtain local consent.

The assessment process for the 2 reactors was resumed in November last year. It had been suspended for 9 months because older reactors were given priority.



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