The national government plans to approve proposals by two cities to tax spent nuclear fuel left by their local power plants, officials said Sunday.

The decision by the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry will pave the way for Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, and Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, to impose the tax.

In March, Kashiwazaki became the first local government to pass an ordinance to tax spent nuclear fuel and it plans to begin levying the tax in October.

Four of the seven nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant are located in Kashiwazaki.

The municipal government plans to impose a tax of 480 yen per kilogram of fuel, which is projected to generate around 2.6 billion yen in tax revenues over the next five years.

Sendai plans to impose a tax of 500 yen per 1 kg of spent nuclear fuel at a power plant run by Kyushu Electric Power Co.

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