Reactors to stop due to delayed anti-terror steps

The operator of a nuclear power plant in central Japan will halt operations of two of its reactors due to a delay in the construction of mandatory anti-terror facilities.

The facilities for the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture must be completed in August and in October, respectively.

But Kansai Electric Power Company says it won't be able to complete them on time, and therefore decided to suspend their operations as soon as the deadlines arrive.

The No. 3 reactor has been offline since Monday as it undergoes regular inspections. It is scheduled to be put back online in early May. But the utility's decision means that it will go offline again three months later.

A similar problem is plaguing another nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company plans to suspend operations of two reactors at its Sendai plant due to delayed anti-terror measures.