Scrap­ping 2nd N-plant eyed:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The op­er­a­tor of a nu­clear power plant in north­east Ja­pan that suf­fered meltdowns seven years ago said Thurs­day for the first time pub­licly that it will start mak­ing con­crete plans to de­com­mis­sion another plant in Fukushima that nar­rowly es­caped the cri­sis.

Tokyo Elec­tric Power Com­pany Hold­ings said it will de­cide on the time­line and other de­tails be­fore for­mally an­nounc­ing the dis­man­tling of four re­ac­tors at the Fukushima Dai-ni, or No. 2, plant, which has never restarted since the 2011 dis­as­ter.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi, or No. 1, plant was heav­ily dam­aged in a March, 11, 2011, earth­quake and tsunami. Three re­ac­tors had meltdowns and a fourth had dam­age to its build­ing. Decom­mis­sion­ing of those re­ac­tors has started and the two oth­ers are set to be scrapped.

An ad­di­tional decom­mis­sion­ing in Fukushima would mean all 10 of TEPCO’s re­ac­tors in Fukushima would be dis­man­tled even­tu­ally. (AP)

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