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Governor OKs nuclear reactors' restart at Kansai Electric's plant

FUKUI, Dec. 22 — As Japan seeks to push ahead with the resumption of nuclear power generation after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, the governor of Fukui Prefecture announced Tuesday he has approved the restart of two local nuclear reactors.

Governor Issei Nishikawa gave the go ahead for Kansai Electric Power Co. to resume the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at its Takahama plant on the Sea of Japan coast. The utility is looking to restart the No. 3 unit in late January and the No. 4 in late February.

However, a court injunction issued in April bans Kansai Electric from reactivating the Takahama units over safety concerns. The Fukui District Court will make a decision Thursday on an objection filed by the utility against the injunction. (PNA/Kyodo)


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