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Japan / Report Warns That Era Of Nuclear Decommissioning Looms

By David Dalton
2 September 2019

The annual white paper urges utilities to learn from US and European examples
Report Warns That Era Of Nuclear Decommissioning Looms
The Fukushima-Daiini nuclear station is one that is earmarked for decommissioning. Photo courtesy Nuclear Regulation Authority.
Japan’s nuclear policy-setting body has adopted a report saying the country is entering an era of nuclear plant decommissioning, urging operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades and billions of dollars.

Twenty-seven reactors are so far earmarked or undergoing decommissioning and the decommissioning of nine has been approved by the regulator.

The nine are Genkai-1, Hamaoka-1, Hamaoka-2, Ikata-1, Mihama-1, Mihama-2, Shimane-1, Tokai-1 and Tsuruga-1.

Among the reactors earmarked for decommissioning are four at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station that were severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

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