JAPAN MAY REVERSE PLANS TO PHASE OUT NUCLEAR
Japan's government is attempting to reverse plans to phase out nuclear power, almost two years after the Fukushima disaster. The previous government promised to rid the nation of all 50 nuclear reactors by 2040, dramatically shifting earlier plans to increase Japan's dependence on nuclear from 30 percent to 50 percent by 2030. The new government has announced a review of the nuclear phaseout, and has promised to restart reactors that pass safety tests. It also refused to rule out new construction.The move came as the country's nuclear regulator released a report on tougher safety standards that will add to the cost of construction and operation. New measures may require an expensive secondary control center built away from the reactor buildings. For the full story, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/11/japan-reverse-nuclear-phase-out and http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-11/japan-regulator-releases-report-on-tougher-nuclear-safety-rules.