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Japan’s nuclear watchdog OKs anti-terror plan at Sendai plant

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on March 7 approved a draft screening report — a de facto certificate for passing the screening process — for a plan to establish an anti-terrorism facility for Reactors No. 1 and 2 at the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) . The NRA gave the green light after confirming that the plan meets the new regulation standards.

 

This is the second case in which NRA has approved such a plan under the new standards implemented in 2013, following Reactors No. 3 an 4 at Kansai Electric Power’s Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture.

 

Electric utilities are required to set up anti-terrorism facilities within five years of being granted approval for the facility’s construction project once they pass the screening for nuclear power plants, a precondition to restart plants. KEPCO will build the facility by 2020.

 

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