Japan to restart another nuclear reactor Jan. 29, 1st on MOX fuel

January 22, 2016 10:49 am 

TOKYO, Jan. 22 — A nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture is expected to restart operations on Jan. 29, the first that will run on uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel under new safety regulations, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

Final arrangements are under way to restart the No. 3 reactor of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama plant, the third such case after Japan returned to nuclear power generation last summer following the loss of nuclear energy amid safety concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Last April, a district court banned Kansai Electric from restarting the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors of the Takahama plant citing safety concerns. But since the court lifted the injunction last month, the utility is now making preparations to reactivate the two reactors on the Sea of Japan coast, with the restart of the No. 4 unit planned for late February.(PNA/Kyodo)

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