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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
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The Fukushima-Daiini nuclear station is one that is earmarked for decommissioning. Photo courtesy Nuclear Regulation Authority. Japan’s nuclear policy-setting body has adopted a report saying the country is entering an era of nuclear plant decommissioning, urging operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades and billions of dollars.

Twenty-seven reactors are so far earmarked or undergoing decommissioning and the decommissioning of nine has been approved by the regulator.

The nine are Genkai-1, Hamaoka-1, Hamaoka-2, Ikata-1, Mihama-1, Mihama-2, Shimane-1, Tokai-1 and Tsuruga-1.

Among the reactors earmarked for decommissioning are four at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station that were severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

The annual nuclear white paper, adopted by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, urges utilities to learn from US and European examples, especially those of Germany, France and the UK.

Date: Tuesday, 03 September 2019
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