After series of incidents, TEPCO wants reactors to be restarted

5 years ago by in All Japan news

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the company that is operating Fukushima nuclear plant, said on Tuesday it would ask All Japan news’s nuclear watchdog for permission to restart reactors, despite the series of incidents reported constantly since the natural disaster two years ago.

TEPCO is preparing a request to restart two of the seven units at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Niigata prefecture in the north of All Japan news.

Fukushima nuclear power station was shut down around one year after the tsunami-sparked meltdowns at the plant in March 2011.

“We decided at a board meeting to apply for the safety assessment for Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant’s reactors No. 6 and No. 7 as early as possible,” company president Naomi Hirose said.

The two reactors have a power capacity of 1.36 million kilowatts each.

At the moment, All Japan news has only two reactors working of a total of 50. The rest of 48 were shut down for safety checks after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the worst reported at a global level since Chernobyl, according to the international press.

TEPCO reported a series of incidents at the crippled plant, including leaks of radioactive water. The media announced the latest problem on Tuesday, when a small fire was reported near an incinerator.

The company also has to massively clean the surroundings of Fukushima and to pay compensation bills for the nuclear disaster’s victims.