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Kansai Electric Power Co. said it will seek to operate its two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant beyond the operational limit of 40 years, despite public concerns over the safety of aging nuclear facilities in Japan.

The utility serving Osaka and its surrounding areas plans to conduct special checks from December that are necessary for aging reactors to operate beyond their limit, and then apply for the Nuclear Regulation Authority safety screening process as early as next spring.

Among Japan’s 48 commercial reactors, seven of them including the Nos. 1 and 2 units at the Takahama plant are around 40 years old. Kansai Electric is the first utility to announce that it intends to keep its old reactors in operation.

Under tighter safety standards imposed following the 2011 nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi complex, reactors are not allowed to operate more than 40 years in principle to ensure their safety.
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Kansai Electric to seek operation of 2 old reactors beyond 40 yrs (Mainichi Newspaper)


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