Operators opt to scrap 3 old nuclear reactors at Fukui plants

March 18, 2015 5:50 am 

OSAKA, March 17 — The operators of two nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture decided Tuesday to scrap three old reactors, the industry's first response to a 2013 government regulation against reactors running for over 40 years amid public safety concerns in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Kansai Electric Power Co. decided at a board meeting to decommission the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at its Mihama nuclear power plant, while Japan Atomic Power Co. also decided to scrap the No. 1 reactor at its nearby Tsuruga nuclear plant.

But Osaka-based Kansai Electric also applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority for a screening process on other reactors that are around 40 years old — the No. 3 Mihama reactor and Nos. 1 and 2 units at the Takahama plant elsewhere in Fukui — in hope of gaining the regulator's safety clearance, a prerequisite for their restart. (PNA/Kyodo)



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