7 Décembre 2016
December 7, 2016
Another reactor to return online in Japan
A Japanese nuclear power plant operator plans to restart one of its reactors on Thursday after regular inspections.
Kyushu Electric Power Company says the Number One reactor at its Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture will return online if no problem arises.
The reactor was taken offline in October for the checks.
The operator conducted additional inspections by request from Kagoshima Governor Satoshi Mitazono to see whether strong earthquakes that hit nearby Kumamoto Prefecture in April affected the reactor.
Before the inspections, Mitazono had asked the operator to halt the reactor immediately, citing growing concerns among residents.
The utility rejected the request, but decided to conduct the additional checks.
Inspections will continue after the restart, with all procedures to be completed by January 6th.
Mitazono has not expressed his views on the restart.
He also has not set up a panel of experts that will discuss the safety of the reactor. He says the panel will be launched after the prefectural assembly approves a budget on December 16th.
Some people are urging the governor to make his stance clear before the reactor returns online.
In August last year, the reactor became the first one to return online under new government guidelines introduced after the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima.