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The operator of a nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture on Thursday filed a formal request for nuclear regulators to conduct safety screening — a precursor to restarting it — despite expert opinion that it sits atop an active geological fault line.

Japan Atomic Power Co. filed the request with the Nuclear Regulation Authority for checks on the No. 2 reactor at the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, the 26th such application filed nationwide since stricter safety rules were introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

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