After the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant turned public opinion sharply against...

|By:, SA News Editor

After the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant turned public opinion sharply against nuclear power, owners of the plant are hoping to take advantage of an easing of the environmental approval process to build a coal plant. It's been nearly three years since the island nation approved a coal-fired power plant, and Tokyo officials are hoping to draft guidelines by the end of the year for implementation in 2013 that would speed up the approval process for coal, as well as wind and geothermal projects.