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Tepco, 2 other utilities team on nuclear safety

Industry seeks to preserve expertise as Japan struggles to restart reactors

Tokyo Electric Power's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture remains idle.

TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings has partnered on nuclear safety with fellow utilities Chubu Electric Power and Hokuriku Electric Power, a collaboration born of necessity to preserve related staff and expertise amid the prolonged inactivity among Japan's nuclear power plants.

The three utilities said Tuesday they will conduct joint training using simulators and exchange information to develop a shared understanding. If an accident occurs, all three will send engineers and others to aid a local evacuation and to measure radioactivity. Each utility operates advanced boiling water reactors, and their adjacent service areas of greater Tokyo, greater Nagoya and the Hokuriku area along the Sea of Japan also make working together easier.

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