Title: All atomic power to halt ‘momentarily’
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012
Operations at all of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants will be suspended “for a moment” starting on May 6, trade minister Yukio Edano said [...]
His comment suggests the government will be unable to restart reactors 3 and 4 at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture by May 5, when the Tomari nuclear power plant will go offline for a regular inspection.
[...] They have stayed offline because operators have been unable to overcome safety concerns sparked by the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 plant last year.
The government [is] apparently fearing that the political hurdles to restart them will be higher if all 54 are stopped at once. [...]
[...] Gov. Issei Nishikawa [...] did not immediately consent to the request, apparently prompting Edano to conclude that the chance of firing up the Oi reactors before May 5 is remote.
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Published: April 15th, 2012 at 10:13 am ET