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Tepco considering delay to removing Fukushima nuclear debris

An Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) employee walks through the electric room in the refrigerator building at the company’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, February 23, 2017.

August 24, 2022

TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) is considering abandoning a plan to start removing nuclear debris from a reactor in its wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by the end of the year, Kyodo reported on Wednesday.

The plan will be postponed for about a year due to a delay in the development of a robot arm that will be used to remove the debris, the report said citing unnamed sources.

“Nothing has been decided at this point in time,” a Tepco spokesperson said in response to a request for comment from Reuters.

A huge tsunami hit the Tepco-operated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, causing three reactors to melt down and prompting over 160,000 people to evacuate. The damaged plant is currently being decommissioned.

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/tepco-considering-delay-removing-fukushima-nuclear-debris-kyodo-2022-08-24/

August 28, 2022 - Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , ,

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