Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority will review its methodology for evaluating nuclear power plants’ resistance to earthquake damage in connection with safety screening, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Specifically, the NRA will alter the assessment of resistance to the strongest possible seismic shaking caused by a slip on an unknown active fault, according to the sources. The watchdog will set up a panel of experts in January and aim to introduce the new method in the spring of 2019.
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Japan’s nuclear watchdog Wednesday gave a formal green light to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to restart two reactors, the first since the 2011 atomic crisis. The Nuclear Regulation Authority handed its approval to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. following a month of public hearings, judging that the two reactors met the stricter safety standards introduced after the disaster, an NRA official told AFP. The two reactors are situated at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, one of the world’s biggest and the largest in Japan. Like many other nuclear power plants in the country, the plant in central Japan has been idle since the 2011 meltdown triggered by a tsunami after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake.
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