Fukushima to ax nuclear fuel tax

Kyodo

The Fukushima Prefectural Government will abolish a nuclear fuel tax imposed on two power plants operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., with an eye to having both decommissioned.

Gov. Yuhei Sato said Monday the prefecture seeks the decommissioning of all reactors, including the three that suffered meltdowns in March 2011 at the six-reactor Fukushima No. 1 power plant, as well as the nearby four-reactor Fukushima No. 2 plant.

The tax will be abolished Dec. 30 when the five-year renewal period ends, Sato said. Fukushima will become the first prefecture hosting nuclear plants to abolish the nuclear fuel tax.

The decision was made “in light of the calls of the prefectural government and assembly for the decommissioning of all reactors in the prefecture,” Sato said.

Tepco already plans to decommission Fukushima No. 1′s reactors 1 through 4.

It has yet to decide on whether to decommission reactors 5 and 6 reactors at the complex and the four units at the Fukushima No. 2 plant.