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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 12, 2013 file photo, the steel structure for the use of the spent fuel removal from the cooling pool is seen at the Unit 4 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant, showed journalists the massive steel structure built next to one of the damaged reactor buildings to help extract more than 1,500 fuel rods from a cooling pool on top of it. Japan's nuclear watchdog has formally approved new safety requirements for atomic plants, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster. The new requirements approved Wednesday, June 19, by the Nuclear Regulation Authority will take effect on July 8, when operators will be able to apply for inspections. If plants pass inspection, they can reopen. (AP Photo/Noboru Hashimto, Pool, File)

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