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The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it will begin a formal safety screening process for Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s massive Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture, which the utility is seeking to restart to improve its battered finances.

Although Tepco applied for safety inspections of reactors 6 and 7 at the plant in late September, the NRA has not held an official safety screening meeting, which will be open to the public, amid concerns over the utility’s poor handling of the shattered Fukushima No. 1 plant.

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