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Nuke crisis in Fukushima forces utilities to delay restart of reactors | Kyodo News

The ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has forced other Japanese utility firms to put off resuming operations at their nuclear power plants and invest more in safety measures.

Chubu Electric Power Co. has postponed its original plan for early April to resume operations at the No. 3 reactor at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, where a major earthquake has been feared to hit.

The power company has also decided to wait until fiscal 2016 to build its sixth reactor at the plant from 2015, and until after 2013 to use plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel at the No. 4 reactor.

MOX fuel was used at the No. 3 reactor of the overheating, radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station where cooling functions were lost after the quake.

Power companies are planning to take measures against tsunami as instructed in late March by the Japanese government after the disaster, and hoping to get their nuclear reactors, suspended mainly for regular checkups, up and running.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 at 01:18:35 PM EST

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