The Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan is set to restart without its off-site emergency center.
According to The Asahi Shimbun, plant operator Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it expects the plant to be one of the first to restart in the country. All 48 nuclear reactors in the country were shut down after the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and must undergo safety checks and get approvals from local governments and the Nuclear Regulation Authority before restarting.
The Cabinet Office in 2012 told all prefectures hosting nuclear power plants to ensure that off-site emergency centers be equipped with ventilation and other systems and be located between 5 and 30 km from the nuclear power plant, the article said. The emergency centers do not need to be completed until September 2015.
The prefecture hosting the Sendai plant said it will install the anti-radiation ventilation system and an emergency power generator for the center by mid-March 2015.