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Delay in transporting spent nuclear fuel from Japan’s closed Fugen reactor

Mainichi 26th Feb 2018, The transportation of spent nuclear fuel from the site of the Fugen
prototype advanced converter reactor in central Japan will be postponed by
nine years to fiscal 2026 as a reprocessing facility has yet to be
determined, its operator said Monday.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency President Toshio Kodama announced the delay in a meeting with Fukui Gov. Issei
Nishikawa. The state-backed agency had initially aimed to complete
transportation of the fuel from the reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture,
by next month. It was originally planned that the reprocessing facility in
Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, would receive the fuel, but the agency
decided in 2014 to scrap the plant due to the difficulty of satisfying
tighter safety regulations adopted following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear

The agency had been looking to transport the fuel overseas for
reprocessing but discussions have not gone smoothly, sources close to the
matter said. The Fugen reactor is currently undergoing decommissioning
after being shut down in March 2003 without the prospect of being put to
commercial use, as a project to build a next-stage experimental reactor was
scrapped due to its high cost. Operation of the reactor started in 1979.


February 27, 2018 - Posted by | Japan, wastes

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