TEPCO Tells Governor of Plan to Scrap Fukushima No. 2 N-Plant

Economy

Fukushima, July 24 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> President Tomoaki Kobayakawa on Wednesday notified Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori of a plan to decommission its Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant.

The plan is "the important first step to realize decommissioning of all nuclear reactors in the prefecture," Uchibori told Kobayakawa at the Fukushima prefectural government office.

The governor also urged TEPCO to make an official decision on the decommissioning by the end of this month without delay. The meeting was also attended by Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto and Tomioka Mayor Koichi Miyamoto.

The No. 2 plant straddles the Fukushima towns of Naraha and Tomioka. It remains halted since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which hit the No. 2 plant and triggered a triple meltdown at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Kobayakawa said it will take over 40 years to dismantle all four reactors at the No. 2 plant. He also explained a plan to set up within the plant premises provisional storage for spent nuclear fuel to be generated through the decommissioning work and take the fuel out of the prefecture by the time the work is done.

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