Japan to Fire Back Up Its Nuclear Plants
PM says new standards could come as soon as July
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Tens of cylindrical tanks built for storage of polluted water are seen near the four reactor buildings at the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Okuma, Japan, Feb. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – Japan isn't going to let one catastrophic meltdown scare it off of nuclear power forever. The country will restart its idled reactors later this year after implementing new safety guidelines, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament today. Abe didn't say when the first reactor would come online, but he did say that the new standards could be adopted as early as July, the New York Times reports.

All 50 of the nation's nuclear plants were shut down after the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster, though two were later restarted to provide emergency power to Osaka and Kyoto. Not one of the 16 commercial plants that were left undamaged by the quake would meet all of the new proposed safety guidelines, which include higher walls, backup power sources, and earthquake-proof command centers.

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1492
Feb 28, 2013 9:59 PM CST
Japan has the greatest work ethic!....Thank you Japan for my over 30 years of driving a Toyota...Sheer reliability. My 4Runner has 344,000 miles...runs like a Timex Watch...always gets me there, always brings me back. About the Nuclear....It will be Japan who does North Korea in if NK continues threating....Japan does not like being in the line of fire. So let it be told, so let it be written. 1942
mehrheit
Feb 28, 2013 12:01 PM CST
Newser Headline Writers Fire Us Back Up The Bomb
Tsunagu
Feb 28, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Wind and Solar both have things in common: They're not reliable and they're not efficient. Hopefully they will become more "streamlined" in the future. The people who want to do away with "oil" right now and get on Wind and Solar, in my opinion are "jumping the gun." Nuclear can be made safer. The episodes of the Fukushima Plant and the containers leaking in Washington, will be studied and results will lead to a safer industry.