Fukushima owner applies to restart other nuclear plant

The owner of Fukushima nuclear power plant wants to restart one of its other power stations. This week Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) announced it will “promptly apply” for permission […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The owner of Fukushima nuclear power plant wants to restart one of its other power stations.

This week Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) announced it will “promptly apply” for permission to adapt its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station (pictured) to the new safety standards.

It said safety measures at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa have been “stringently reviewed”, particularly to check there is “sufficient preparation for severe accidents in terms of both facility and human aspects”.

Japan has struggled to get its power sector to cope with taking its 50-odd nuclear plants offline following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Despite a public backlash against nuclear power in Japan with large protests held in Tokyo, the nation’s ministers have said they are open to the idea of bringing power plants back online.