Japan to restart second reactor at Sendai nuclear power plant

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The two PWR reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan.
The two PWR reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan.

Kyushu Electric reported this week that it will restart the Unit 2 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan on Thursday.  The Unit 2 reactor was taken offline in September 2011 and has remained shutdown for the last four years.

The reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant were the first two to pass the new regulations put in place by the Nuclear Regulation Authority after the 2011 nuclear disaster.  The Unit 1 reactor was restarted in August 2015.

On Thursday morning, the operators at the Unit 2 reactor will remove the control rods and bring the reactor back online, next Wednesday the plant plans to resume producing power and transmitting it to the grid.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and many of the senior officials in his government are pushing for the restart of more nuclear reactors, despite the public opposition to nuclear power after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

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  1. Might as well put them all back online. The whole country is toasted by the particles already in the air and the surrounding water contamination. My condolences to the Japanese people who cannot escape or think this will blow over. It won’t.

    The sad part is the massive deaths of sea life and the animals that will die because of them.

  2. Clearly, we have made a huge mistake in the decision to generate electricity via nuclear power. Few are aware of the horrific consequences because mainstream media is part of the cover-up. The plans to build more compound the absurdity. Thank you Sara Shannon for your excellent book Radiation Protective Foods which details information on how to provide some protection via foods and supplements.

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