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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

The seven-unit Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station in western Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company said today it may decommission one or more reactors at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station in Niigata Prefecture, western Japan, within five years, after reactivating two idled reactors at the same facility.

Tepco president Tomoaki Kobayakawa mentioned for the first time the possibility of decommissioning some or all of Units 1 to 5 at Kashiwazaki Kariwa, the world’s biggest commercial nuclear station by capacity.

Media reports in Japan said Kashiwazaki city mayor Masahiro Sakurai had originally asked Tepco to shut all of the older units at Kashiwazaki Kariwa – Units 1 to 5 – in return for endorsing the restart of the two newer reactors, Units 6 and 7.

Units 1 to 5, all 1,067 boiling water reactor units, began commercial operation between 1985 and 1990. Units 6 and 7 are 1,315 MW advanced boiling water reactor units that began commercial operation in 1996 and 1997.

Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/tepco-confirms-revised-plans-for-kashiwazaki-kariwa-decommissioning-8-1-2019

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: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tepco-says-it-may-scrap-Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-units