Japan''s Gov''t, TEPCO Set 40-yr Work Plan Toward Scrapping Fukushima Reactors
Dec 27, 2011

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (BNA)  Japan”s government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that they would seek to finish scrapping the four crippled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the next 30 to 40 years in a newly unveiled work schedule describing measures to be taken after the plant”s stabilization.

Based on the road map toward decommissioning, the plant operator known as TEPCO would start removing the nuclear fuel stored in the spent fuel pools of the Nos. 1 to 4 units within two years and the melted fuel from the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors within 10 years, according to Japanese (Kyodo) News Agency.

At the outset of a meeting held Wednesday between government and TEPCO officials to discuss the issue, Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano called on the utility to ””move up”” the planned work as much as possible to allay concerns of people who are still living as evacuees because of the disastrous radiation-leaking accident at the plant. EM