15 Septembre 2013
September 15, 2013
All nuclear reactors in Japan to be halted
The only nuclear reactor in Japan that is generating power will go offline soon for regular inspections.
Kansai Electric Power Company will begin lowering the output of the Number 4 reactor at Ohi nuclear power plant in central Japan on Sunday evening.
The reactor will stop generating electricity late at night, and will come to a halt early Monday morning.
When that happens, all 50 nuclear reactors in Japan will be offline for the first time in about 14 months.
After the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011, all of the country's reactors went offline for safety inspections.
Two reactors at the Ohi plant restarted operation last year.
Utilities have asked the Nuclear Regulation Authority for approval to restart 12 reactors at 6 power plants.
The regulators began safety assessments in July. They say the process takes about 6 months. Local municipalities must also give approval before reactors can restart.
None of the reactors appear likely to resume operations in the near future.
Sep. 15, 2013 - Updated 00:03 UTC