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Nuclear plant in southern Japan obtains all permits needed for restart

FILE - This Oct. 24, 2014 aerial photo shows two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture, southern Japan. The nuclear plant on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The two reactors at the nuclear power station would mark the country’s return to nuclear energy, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pro-business government tries to put as many reactors back on-line as possible. (Kyodo News via AP, File) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

FILE - This Oct. 24, 2014 aerial photo shows two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture, southern Japan. The nuclear plant on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The two reactors at the nuclear power station would mark the country’s return to nuclear energy, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pro-business government tries to put as many reactors back on-line as possible. (Kyodo News via AP, File) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

A nuclear power plant in southern Japan has obtained all necessary permits to restart its two reactors, planned as early as late July.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that it had approved operational safety plans for the Sendai nuclear power station's two reactors, owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co.

The plant's safety program includes emergency response plans in case of fire, flooding or other natural disasters, or a serious accident. The program's approval was the last step of the authority's three-part screening process that the utility needed to pass.

The Sendai plant won safety approval in September for its reactors and equipment under tighter rules set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster and was expected to be the first to restart.

All of Japan's more than 40 reactors are offline.