Fukuyama, Japan — A nuclear power plant in Fukuyama is slated to shut down by March 30 after regulators said it has reached unsafe levels of radioactive emissions.
The plant, the first in Japan to be built in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, will receive a new license to operate from the Nuclear Regulation Authority.
It’s the latest in a string of reactor failures at the Fukushima plant, which was shut down following the meltdowns of two reactors in the March 2011 disaster.
The new license gives the plant the option to shut itself down temporarily in the event of an emergency.
“We can confirm that the plant’s reactor power plant has reached safe levels of radiation,” said a spokesman for the agency, which is responsible for regulating the country’s nuclear plants.
While the license gives it the option of shutting down temporarily, he added, “we are not allowed to confirm the status of the reactor.”
The agency will then determine the plant can be restarted in a month.
The Fukushima plant is the countrys second largest, with 1,050 MW of power.
It has been shuttered since March 11 following the tsunami that struck the plant.
The plant is being decommissioned, and will be dismantled and sent to a facility for storage, but no plans have been announced for its replacement.
Fukushima’s operator Toshiba said in February it had started to decommission the plant, but it’s unclear how much the company plans to pay for its decommissioning work.