Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:45 pm
Japan receives 1st nuclear reactor fuel since 2011
The Associated Press
The fuel, a mixture of uranium and plutonium oxide called MOX, arrived aboard a freighter from France on Thursday at the Takahama nuclear power station on the Sea of Japan coast. Operators of the plant are hoping to use the fuel once they get the go-ahead to restart their reactors.
Virtually all of Japan's nuclear reactors have been closed for safety checks and upgrades since the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011 touched off meltdowns and explosions at a plant in Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo. The government recently announced new regulations that if met would allow nuclear plants to resume operations.