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Japan puts two nuclear reactors on shortlist for restart screening

Published on Mar 13, 2014 3:38 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan put two reactors on a shortlist for a final round of safety checks on Thursday, moving a step closer to a revival of the country's nuclear industry, three years after the Fukushima disaster led to the shutdown of all plants.

No timing for a potential restart was decided and the next stage of checks incorporates a period of public hearings, which may be a fraught process given widespread scepticism nationally about a return to nuclear power.

Two days after the third anniversary of the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear station, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) placed two reactors operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co on a list for priority screening at a meeting of officials reviewing restart applications.

Kyushu Electric's Sendai reactors are located about 980km southwest of Tokyo. The utility is one of the most reliant of Japan's regional electricity monopolies on nuclear power, which supplied about a third of Japan's electricity before Fukushima.

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