Tokai No. 2 N-Plant Passes NRA Safety Screenings

Economy Society

Tokyo, Sep. 26 (Jiji Press)--The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, has officially passed NRA screenings for restart.

The NRA formalized a report that the plant, owned by Japan Atomic Power Co., meets new safety standards that Japan introduced after the 2011 triple meltdown accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

It is the first approval for restart for any nuclear plant affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which mainly hit northeastern Japan. The tsunami temporarily stopped pumps needed to cool emergency power generation equipment at the Tokai No. 2 plant, but the use of other generators allowed the plant to continue cooling its reactor and escape a meltdown.

It is the third approval for a boiling-water reactor, the type used at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

The reactor at the Tokai No. 2 plant, which has an output capacity of 1.1 million kilowatts, is the 15th to pass NRA screenings for restart under the new standards. The plant is the eighth with such a reactor.

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