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Fukui Governor OKs restart

December 22, 2015

Governor approves Takahama plant restart


Dec. 22, 2015 - Updated 04:46 UTC+1


The governor of Fukui Prefecture has approved the restart of 2 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant.

Governor Issei Nishikawa announced his decision on Tuesday morning. The approval follows that of the mayor of Takahama, the town hosting the plant.

It is the third plant that has been approved for a restart by the hosting prefecture and municipality after the introduction of new government regulations following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident.

The operator of the Takahama plant, Kansai Electric Power Company, is undergoing final inspection for the restart.

It plans to place fuel rods into the No. 3 reactor later this month and into the No.4 reactor in late January. It aims to restart each reactor a month after the procedure.

But the restart may not go according to plan. A district court issued a provisional injunction banning the move in April.

Kansai Electric has filed an objection to the injunction. The court will rule on the objection on Thursday.


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