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September 27, 2013


TEPCO seeks screening toward Niigata plant restart



Tokyo Electric Power Company has applied to Japan's nuclear regulator for safety screening needed to restart 2 idle reactors at the firm's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant.

The application is the first filed for such reactors -- the same type as those where meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Officials of the firm visited the Nuclear Regulation Authority and submitted the application for the Number 6 and 7 reactors on Friday.

The move came one day after the governor of Niigata Prefecture, which hosts the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, gave conditional approval for the application.

Under safety requirements put into effect in July, boiling water reactors like the 2 at the plant must have filtered vents. Such vents are designed to release pressure in reactor containment vessels during emergencies while limiting emissions of radioactive substances.

The firm's Managing Executive Officer Takafumi Anegawa said it will tell the authority that the use of such vents will be subject to approval by the prefecture as requested by its governor.

Eighty experts at the regulator are screening applications by 6 other plants with pressurized water reactors. It has yet to announce how it would handle screening of boiling water reactors.

Sep. 27, 2013 - Updated 02:40 UTC

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