– Japan could restart some nuclear reactors next summer (Kyodo News, Dec 7, 2012):
The Nuclear Regulation Authority Secretariat is considering starting preliminary safety checks on offline nuclear reactors in Japan next spring, allowing some to be restarted next summer, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
The authority plans to adopt new safety standards for nuclear power plants next July in response to the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident, while 48 of Japan’s 50 commercial nuclear reactors are left offline due to safety concerns. The remaining two are in operation under tentative standards.
In a bid to make safety checks under the new standards efficient, the secretariat is planning to launch preliminary checks next spring as an outline of the new standards becomes available, the sources said.