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Japan Set Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Alternative Energy

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appears set to order two of Japan’s 50 closed reactors to return online in time for the summer energy crunch—the first reactors to be restarted since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011.

The move, which could take effect as soon as next week, comes after local leaders from western Japan backed away from their opposition, giving provisional support to a restart of the two reactors, located at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant.

“I effectively accept” a restart of the reactors, provided it is on a temporary basis


6 Comments on "Japan Set Restart Two Nuclear Reactors"

  1. BillT on Sun, 3rd Jun 2012 1:13 pm 

    “Temporary” means, until the next disaster…which is billed for this summer at Fukushima 4.

  2. Kenz300 on Sun, 3rd Jun 2012 1:35 pm 

    TEPCO is bankrupt and the taxpayers of Japan now own the company and its debt for clean up of the Fukishima disaster. That disaster continues today with no end in sight. Japan needs to move forward with safe,clean alternative energy sources and end the nuclear nightmare they are living with.

  3. Bob Owens on Sun, 3rd Jun 2012 7:02 pm 

    There are sometimes no good choices and this is where Japan is now. In the short run they need to restart their reactors. They then need to stay on the straight and narrow and go to renewable energy and conservation as quick as possible. They can do this! They need to show us the way.

  4. doug nicodemus on Sun, 3rd Jun 2012 7:37 pm 

    we have known the way for 30 years…they do not need to lead us anywhere…the corporate giants refuse to go down that road cause they see no profits there…and you know in america the corporate elites and the industrial barons know what is best…capitalism sucks…

  5. Rick on Mon, 4th Jun 2012 12:20 am 

    This is BS. They have to do something. I actually know a nuclear engineer, in the US. He won’t say much, but my take away, is the nuke industry is running scared. I also have some first hand knowledge.

    All I see in months ahead, nukes are going to be a major issue, to the downside. And I don’t think nuke industry will be around much longer. The nuke industry is trying it’s best, through global and industry propaganda.
    But that won’t save that industry.

    The sad thing is, all the fuel rods, around the world, are waiting to cause major issues, as peak oil comes into major play. Meaning, who will manage all this nuke waste? Where will the money come?

    I think humanity will soon be screwed.

    Nukes are, were short term profit centers, with major long term issues for all living creatures, stupid humans too.

  6. Kenz300 on Tue, 5th Jun 2012 12:28 pm 

    LED light bulbs use 25% of the energy of incandescence. If every family in Japan bought one or two LED bulbs for the most used lights in their homes or business it could make a huge difference in energy consumption. Energy conservation, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources can help move Japan forward and reduce their need to restart the nuclear power plants.

    The nuclear nightmare at Fukishima continues today and the people of Japan will suffer with the cost and environmental consequences FOREVER.

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