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Genkai will be scrapped (2)

December 23, 2015


Kyushu Electric submits plan to decommission 40-year-old Genkai reactor




Kyushu Electric Power Co. on Dec. 22 sought approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority to start the 28-year process of decommissioning an aging reactor at its Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture.

It is the first reactor-decommissioning plan submitted to Japan’s nuclear watchdog under new regulations established after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. One new guideline sets the life span of a nuclear reactor at 40 years, in principle.

Kyushu Electric plans to start decommissioning the No. 1 reactor of the Genkai plant next fiscal year, which starts in April. The total cost of the four-stage project is estimated at 36.4 billion yen ($300 million).

The decommissioning work is expected to generate about 3,000 tons of radioactive waste, but the disposal sites have not been picked.

The Genkai No. 1 reactor began operating in 1975. Kyushu Electric decided to decommission the reactor in March.

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