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The nuclear regulator on Thursday began screening three Kansai Electric Power Co. reactors which the utility wants to bring back online and keep in service beyond their mandated 40-year life span. All three are now nearing that limit.

A regulation brought in after the March 2011 nuclear disaster forbids the operation of nuclear reactors for more than 40 years, although operators can secure a 20-year extension if the reactors are refitted and obtain safety clearance from the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

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