Mito, Ibaraki Pref., Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)–Japan Atomic Power Co. said Friday it plans to restart its Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.
The plan was conveyed by Japan Atomic Power President Mamoru Muramatsu to Ibaraki Governor Kazuhiko Oigawa during a meeting at the prefectural office in Mito, the capital of Ibaraki.
In September, the Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded that the plant meets safety standards. In November, the agency also approved a 20-year extension of the plant’s operational life.
Japan Atomic Power needs to obtain approval from the prefecture, the village of Tokai and five neighboring municipalities to resume operations at the plant.
But heads of some of the local governments have expressed cautiousness about the plant’s restart. In addition, there has been little progress in drawing up regional evacuation plans in case of accidents at the plant.