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30 years? 40 years? Or more?

Scrapping reactors could take 40 years

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141022_31.html

Oct. 22, 2014 - Updated 12:39 UTC+2

The government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say scrapping its 4 reactors would take 30 to 40 years.

Decommissioning work has progressed furthest at the No.4 reactor, which was offline for regular checks when the disaster hit in 2011.

Nearly 90 percent of the fuel rods stored in its spent fuel pool have been removed. The work is to end this year.

Removal of fuel units from the pool at the No.3 reactor building is to begin in fiscal 2015, and work at the No.1 and 2 buildings in fiscal 2017.

Radiation levels remain extremely high in the No.2 building. Officials say they've yet to make a specific schedule for fuel rod removal there.

Awaiting workers further ahead is the extremely difficult job of removing melted fuel from the No.1 to No.3 reactors.

The operation schedule says such work will start at the No.1 and 2 reactors in fiscal 2020, and at the No.3 in fiscal 2021.

But workers still do not know where or in what state the fuel lies as a result of the meltdowns at the 3 reactors.

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