Nuclear operators in Japan have applied to restart 10 reactors, potentially paving the way for a widespread return to nuclear power in coming years.
The four companies applied under new rules introduced following Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) says it will take at least six months to review each reactor.
All but two reactors have been offline since the earthquake and tsunami which crippled the Fukushima plant.
Hokkaido Electric, Kansai Electric, Shikoku Electric and Kyushu Electric submitted applications to restart the plants under the new regulations on Monday. They sent applications for a total of 10 reactors at five plants.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan’s nuclear reactors to be restarted. The country relied heavily on nuclear power for its energy supply prior to the 2011 disaster.
However, many in Japan are opposed to restarting the reactors.
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