20 Septembre 2017
September 20, 2017
Spent fuel retrieval at Fukushima to be delayed
Japan's government and Tokyo Electric Power Company plan to delay the retrieval of spent nuclear fuel from the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The government is revising the roadmap for scrapping the plant for the first time in 2 years. The reactors were disabled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Officials plan to postpone the retrieval of spent fuel rods from the storage pools at the Number 1 and Number 2 reactors until fiscal 2023. That's 3 years later than the current schedule.
They cite the need for more time to remove rubble and radioactive substances from the site.
The retrieval of spent fuel from the Number 3 reactor is due to start as planned in the fiscal year that begins next April.
The government will reflect the opinions of local authorities in the revision. It aims to finalize the new roadmap later this month.
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