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Fukui Governor OKs Restarts of Old Nuclear Reactors

Fukui Governor OKs Restarts of Old Nuclear Reactors

   Fukui, April 28 (Jiji Press)--Fukui Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto on Wednesday approved the restarts of three nuclear reactors aged over 40 years in his central Japan prefecture, a major move for a country where safety concerns linger since the 2011 meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture.
   The governor's approval was the final leg of local procedures required for Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> to resume operations at the No. 3 reactor at the Mihama plant and the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Takahama plant.
   At a press conference, Sugimoto said he reached the decision after considering the matter based on the prefecture's three nuclear principles of securing safety, winning residents' understanding and improving welfare.
   This was the first local approval of the restart of a nuclear reactor aged over 40 years since the March 2011 meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. "Taking all circumstances into consideration, I agreed to the restarts," Sugimoto said.
   A nuclear reactor is allowed to operate for up to 40 years in principle in Japan. An extension of up to 20 years is allowed upon approval of the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

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