Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) placed two reactors operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co on a list for priority screening at a meeting of officials reviewing restart applications.
Kyushu Electric’s Sendai reactors are located about 980 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo.
Regulators will now draft an official approval document for the shutdown Sendai reactors, with input from local communities, which may take as long as four weeks. Further inspections and maintenance work will be required before restarting a plant.
Once the regulator signs off on safety the assent of local authorities to turn on the reactors will be sought.
Restarting the Sendai reactors faces relatively little opposition compared to other areas, a recent survey by Asahi of local township leaders across the nation showed.
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