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Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) estimates that it will take 44 years to decommission its Fukushima Daiini nuclear power plant, located some 15km south of the accident-hit Fukushima Daiichi station.

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfukushima-daiini-decommissioning-to-take-44-years-7743868

All 10 reactors in Fukushima prefecture are set to be permanently shut down The Fukushima-Daini nuclear power stationn in Japan. Photo courtesy NRA. Tokyo Electric Power Company has estimated that it will take 44 years to decommission the four-unit Fukushima-Daini nuclear power station, about 12 km south of the bigger Fukushima-Daiichi facility where three reactors melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Tepco decided in July 2019 that it would permanently close the facility, which means all 10 nuclear reactor units in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, including the six at Fukushima-Daiichi, will be decommissioned.

The company presented the outline of decommissioning plans to the municipal assembly of Tomioka, one of the two host towns of the nuclear station.

The utility estimated the cost of decommissioning Fukushima-Daini at 280 billion yen ($2.59bn).

According to the outline, the decommissioning process for Fukushima-Daini will have four stages, taking 10 years for the first stage, 12 years for the second stage and 11 years each for the third and fourth stages.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/tepco-says-decommissioning-will-take-44-years-1-1-2020

The trial removal of fuel debris from the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin at unit 2 in 2021, according to the latest revision to the mid and long-term roadmap towards decommissioning the plant. Meanwhile, the removal of fuel from the storage pools at units 1 and 2 has been delayed by up to five years.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Revisions-to-Fukushima-Daiichi-decommissioning-roa

Japan on December 27 revised the road map for decommissioning the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, further delaying removal of thousands of used fuel assemblies that have been held in cooling pools since the 2011 earthquake.

Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfukushima-decommissioning-plans-revised-7581105

The trial removal of fuel debris from the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin at unit 2 in 2021, according to the latest revision to the mid and long-term roadmap towards decommissioning the plant. Meanwhile, the removal of fuel from the storage pools at units 1 and 2 has been delayed by up to five years.

Date: Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Revisions-to-Fukushima-Daiichi-decommissioning-roa

Target is to finish cleanup at site within within 30 to 40 years of the 2011 accident The government of Japan and Tokyo Electric Power Company plan to start removing melted fuel from Unit 2 at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in 2021, according to the latest decommissioning plan.

The draft plan, revised for the fifth time and released on 2 November, said Unit 2 was picked first for the removal process because it is safer than Units 1 and 3, which also melted down after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

The revised draft plan will be finalised after residents and experts give their opinions to a committee of cabinet ministers related to the decommissioning and contaminated water problems at the plant.

Investigations have confirmed that debris believed to be melted nuclear fuel at the bottom of the containment vessel in the Unit 2 reactor building can be lifted by a remote-control device.

Date: Thursday, 05 December 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/removal-of-melted-fuel-scheduled-to-begin-at-unit-2-in-2021-12-3-2019

Japan’s Tokyo District Court on 19 September ruled that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapanese-court-finds-officials-not-guilty-of-negligence-over-fukushima-7421225

A Japanese court today acquitted three former Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) executives charged with failing to prevent the March 2011 accident at the company's Fukushima Daiichi plant. The judge ruled they could not have foreseen the massive earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of three of the plant's reactors.

Date: Friday, 20 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Court-clears-three-former-Tepco-executives

Japanese ministries and other organisations are working together - with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency - to deliver the ultimate decontamination and decommissioning of the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Progress is being made to remove all used fuel and debris from units 1-3, while the challenge of removing large volumes of treated water stored at the site is being addressed, speakers told a side event at the 63rd IAEA General Conference.

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fukushima-decommissioning-moves-forward

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) will consider the decommissioning of one or more units at its seven-unit Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the company has informed Kashiwazaki City Mayor Masahiro Sakurai. The utility plans to restart units 6 and 7 at the plant, in Japan's Niigata Prefecture.

Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tepco-says-it-may-scrap-Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-units