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Tepco Niigata Atomic Plant Safe to Restart in 2016, Adviser Says

  • Positive progress made in safety enhancements and culture
  • Reactors would boost profit by as much as $228 million a month

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the largest in the world by generating capacity, is making headway with safety improvements and will likely be ready from a technical standpoint to restart early next year, according to a safety adviser to Japan’s biggest utility.

“We were positively impressed,” Dale Klein, former chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now head of safety reform at Tokyo Electric, said in an interview after visiting the facility with a group of independent advisers on Thursday. “The physical enhancements that have been made and the effort that they are making to develop a safety culture” shows that the facility is on its way to meeting international safety standards, he said.