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TEPCO wishes to restart 8.2 GW nuclear power plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. TEPCO restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant Niigata prefecture Japan Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it is moving on with plans to restart the 8.2 GW Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan, according to Bloomberg.

The governor of the prefecture where the nuclear plant sits said in the article that he had questions about TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that needed to be answered before he approved a restart. The power plant sits on the opposite coast from the Fukushima site, the article said. If the plant remains closed down, TEPCO would need to increase the rate is charges its customers by 8.5 percent to 10 percent as early as January to achieve a pre-tax profit for the year to March 2014, Bloomberg reported.

TEPCO will reportedly set up a secondary nuclear venting system at the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant to help win the approval. Under new rules, nuclear plants in Japan must install radiation filter vents.

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