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Renewed meltdown controversy threatens hoped-for reactor restart

The latest "discovery" could derail Tepco's plan to restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant.

TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power's so-called discovery, nearly five years after the fact, that it in fact had a manual for identifying meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi casts further doubt on the utility's credibility as it tries to restart its workhorse nuclear power plant.

     "It's extremely unfortunate," Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said of Wednesday's revelation. Izumida will weigh whether to approve Tepco's request to restart reactor units 6 and 7 at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant.

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