Fukushima urged to stop relying on nuke power

Kyodo

An advisory panel set up by the Fukushima Prefectural Government will propose that the prefecture create a “safe, secure and sustainable” society without relying on nuclear power, a draft plan showed Wednesday.

The proposal was included in a set of basic ideas compiled by the 12-member panel at its fifth meeting, and will form the basis of deliberations on how to rebuild the disaster-ravaged prefecture.

In its proposals, the panel envisions the prefecture drastically increasing the use of renewable energy for power generation and promoting energy-saving and recycling measures while ending its reliance on nuclear power plants.

There were 10 reactors in operation at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 plants before the March 11 disaster.

With the central government continuing to view nuclear power as central to its energy policy, the panel’s proposal could sway other municipalities hosting atomic plants and influence the country’s overall energy policy.

The panel also proposed that each area in Fukushima become energy-independent through a mix of various sources.