Safety checks begin at MOX-fueled nuclear power project in Japan

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has started safety checks at Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power)’s Oma nuclear power project.
 
The Oma plant is expected to be the world’s first nuclear plant to use only mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, according to The Japan News. J-Power applied for the safety checks in December based on the assumptions that it could be hit by an earthquake at a maximum quake ground acceleration of 650 gal and a tsunami wave as high as 6.3 meters (20.7 feet).
 
The plant is expected to begin operations in 2021.
 
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