Japan Regulator Approves Final Sendai Safety Assessments

Japan’s nuclear regulator approved the final safety assessments for Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s two reactors at its Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan.

The utility plans to restart unit 1 at the plant by the end of July and unit 2 in late September, spokesman Daishin Kuramoto said Wednesday by phone. The reactors would be the first to resume operations in Japan since September 2013.

While local authorities and the community near the reactors are in favor of their restart, environmentalists remain unswayed by the nuclear agency’s assurances the atomic plants meet safety standards beefed up since Fukushima.

The regulator’s approval of the final safety assessment ignores major safety risks, Greenpeace said in a statement Wednesday.

The two reactors must still clear pre-inspection checks, which is part of the reactor start-up process outlined by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

The two pressurized water reactors at the Sendai plant in the city of Satsumasendai were commissioned in the mid-1980s.

Last month, a bid to block the restart of the two reactors at Sendai was rejected by the Kagoshima District Court.

Japan’s fleet of operable reactors remain off-line after the accident in March 2011 at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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