TOKYO (dpa) – Regulators Thursday green-lighted the restart of two nuclear reactors in central Japan, bringing the total number of atomic units receiving their approval to four under updated regulations.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided to allow Kansai Electric Power Co to resume its operations at two reactors at Takahama Nuclear Power Station in Fukui prefecture, 400 kilometres west of Tokyo.
The reactors are not expected to be reactivated before the summer, because the operator still needs to complete other procedures, such as submitting a construction plan and obtaining local approval, the Kyodo News agency reported.
Thursday’s move comes five months after the regulators approved the restart of two reactors at Sendai Nuclear Power Station near an active volcano in the south-western prefecture of Kagoshima.
The Sendai reactors have yet to be restarted because the operator is behind schedule in completing necessary procedures.
All of Japan’s 48 reactors remain idled following Japan’s worst nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in March 2011. The plant suffered a triple meltdown after a tsunami swept through the complex.
After the nuclear disaster, Japan established the Nuclear Regulation Authority, which updated regulations.