Japan nuclear regulations could delay reactor restarts

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority restart

Regulations from Japan’s new Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) could affect restarts of the country’s dormant nuclear reactors, The Japan Times reports.

The new safety standards, designed to replace those that proved insufficient in the Fukushima disaster, will require filtered venting systems to reduce radioactive releases and pressure build up in the event of an emergency. The regulations will also extend the definition of an active fault from one that has shifted in the last 130,000 years to 400,000 years; nuclear plants will not be allowed to operate over active faults.

The new regulations are slated to be enforceable as of mid-July this year, after a 30-day period of public consultation beginning this week.

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