Sep 14, 2014

Power companies mull further rate hikes with reactors on hold

A year after the nation’s last nuclear reactor was taken offline, utilities are exploring additional hikes in electricity prices as the cost of offsetting the loss of atomic power continues to climb. On Sept. 15, 2013, the No. 4 reactor at Kansai Electric Power ...

Sep 10, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant gets safety OK, moves closer to resumption

A nuclear plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co. obtained a safety clearance from regulators Wednesday, becoming the first to meet new regulations imposed following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. With the approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the two reactors at the ...

Jun 24, 2014

Kyushu Electric submits reactor safety papers

Kyushu Electric Power Co. submitted on Tuesday additional documents required for safety reviews of two reactors that are considered the closest to being allowed to restart among the country’s 48 offline commercial reactors, a nuclear regulatory official said. The plant operator filed for safety ...

Jun 9, 2014

NRA nominee paid by Tepco-linked body

Satoru Tanaka, one of the government’s two nominees for the five commissioner posts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority, accepted about ¥600,000 in annual pay from a foundation linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co. over a five-year period through fiscal 2011, foundation sources said Monday. ...

May 14, 2014

NRA blames plant operators for prolonged reactor safety checks

The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that nuclear power plant operators, rather than regulators, are the ones to blame for the prolonged safety review of reactors that started last July. “We are working hard so that the assessment process will be ...

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

May 2, 2014

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart. The document was submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday so the NRA can confirm ...