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A nuclear plant in southwestern Japan cleared an initial safety hurdle, in what is seen as a major step for it to become the first nuclear facility to restart under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision-making panel approved a draft report required to resume the operations of two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The 420-page report — which concluded that the plant’s proposed countermeasures against earthquakes, tsunami and other possible risks meet the standards that took effect in July last year — will be finalized after a monthlong public consultation period through Aug. 15.

But the regional utility is not expected to reactivate the plant before this fall as it still needs to secure local consent and complete some other procedures.
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Japan nuclear plant clears safety hurdle toward restarting (Mainichi Newspaper)

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