Rokkasho reprocessing plant passed safety checks

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority announced that the reprocessing plant in Rokkasho has passed safety checks. NRA is now soliciting feedback on its draft decision to grant the plant a permission to operate.

If the approval is issued, the plant can begin to operate in 2021, in line with earlier plans. When the construction of the plant began in 1993, it was expected to begin operations in 1997.