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Process begins at Shimane nuclear plant to operate new reactor via The Asahi Shimbun

Chugoku Electric Power Co. on May 22 took the first step toward the start of operations of the Shimane nuclear power plant’s new reactor, whose construction was halted following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The utility, based in Hiroshima, asked the Shimane prefectural government and the Matsue city government for their consent on applying to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for safety screening of the No. 3 reactor.

It marked the second time that a utility began the procedures toward the start of a new reactor that was under construction at the time the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima accident.

The first was an Oma nuclear power plant reactor in Aomori Prefecture, which is currently under construction by the Electric Power Development Co., known as J Power.

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The Shimane prefectural government and the Matsue city government plan to ask the prefectural and the city assemblies to discuss the request. After the discussions, they will reply to Chugoku Electric Power.

If they give their consent to the utility, it will apply to the NRA for safety screenings of the No. 3 reactor.

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