Jan 3, 2017

Fate of Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant remains unknown

The government is struggling to decide the future of Tepco’s Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, which has been suspended since the March 2011 disaster. There have been increasing calls for decommissioning the power plant located just a few kilometers south of the wrecked ...

Full-scale model used to test decommissioning for Fukushima reactor

Nov 29, 2016

Full-scale model used to test decommissioning for Fukushima reactor

A research institute has used a full-size mock-up of part of a nuclear reactor to conduct trial decommissioning experiments for use on the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 plant. The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) carried out the experiments Tuesday using a 20-meter ...

Sep 30, 2014

Tepco, Sellafield to compare notes on decommissioning reactors

Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Tuesday it has agreed to share knowledge and experience on decommissioning damaged reactors with Britain’s Sellafield. Tepco has struggled with cleaning up the tsunami-battered Fukushima No. 1 plant, especially with safely storing radioactive water used to cool the reactors. ...

Sep 14, 2014

Economic realities of old reactors

Reports that power companies are considering decommissioning older nuclear power reactors indicate that they are selectively weighing the costs of their meeting safety criteria that has been tightened in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima.

May 14, 2014

Fukushima fund also tasked with decommissioning

The Diet enacted a revised law Wednesday that will give a state-backed fund dealing with compensation issues related to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster the added task of working to decommission the plant. The revamped entity could be launched this summer, in ...