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Japan Utilities Apply to Regulator for Atomic Plant Restarts

Kansai Electric Power Co. and three other regional utilities applied to Japan’s nuclear regulator for safety checks, a step toward restarting reactors idled after the Fukushima atomic disaster in March 2011.

The applications filed today by Kansai Electric, Shikoku Electric Power Co., Hokkaido Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. seek the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s clearance to operate 10 reactors with a total installed capacity of 8.84 gigawatts.