20:24 2 March 2016
Halted Kansai Electric reactor in cold shutdown for probe
FUKUI, Japan, March 2, Kyodo
Kansai Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that it has brought a reactor at its Takahama nuclear power plant into a stable condition known as "cold shutdown" to investigate why the automatic suspension of the unit was triggered earlier this week.
The No. 4 reactor at the plant in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan shut down automatically Monday, just three days after coming back online under Japan's stricter safety regulations following the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.
The latest incident followed a radioactive coolant water leak on Feb. 20 in a building attached to the same reactor. Deeming it had taken sufficient steps to prevent a similar leak, the plant operator rebooted the unit on Feb. 26.
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