Japanese companies apply for nuclear restarts

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Four Japanese electric companies will apply to the country’s nuclear regulator for permission to restart eight reactors, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

The four utilities — Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Kansai Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co., and Kyushu Electric Power Co. — will issue their applications as soon as possible after the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority issues its new regulator standards by July 18. The Tokyo Electric Power Co.—the company behind the Fukushima reactor—is reported to be making preparations to apply for restarts as soon as possible.

All eight of the reactors that will see restart applications are pressurized water reactors, unlike the boiling water reactor design of the Fukushima plant.

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