Safety approval for first Japanese reactor restarts

Sendai nuclear power plant units 1 and 2 have draft approval to restart and generate electricity again. The final stages in Japan’s new licensing regime could be completed in October.

The draft approval means that the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) considers the two reactors, and the plant as a whole, to be safe for operation. This represents by far the major part of the licensing process which began on 8 July 2013 when NRA formally announced its new requirements.

Applications for 15 other reactors remain at the review stage with Takahama 3 and 4 said by the NRA to be the next most advanced.

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