Three aging nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco) were given final approval for a two-decade extension Wednesday, becoming Japan’s first reactors more than 40 years old to clear all hurdles for an extended run.

“After fully considering the situation, I decided to agree to the restart,” Fukui Gov. Tatsuji Sugimoto said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

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