Tokai reprocessing plant to be scrapped


 
Sep. 29, 2014
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency says it will scrap its Tokai nuclear fuel reprocessing plant north of Tokyo by April 2017 at earliest.

The decision to close the facility, announced on Monday, comes after stricter regulatory standards established following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The cost of revamping the Tokai plant to meet the new standards has been estimated at over 900 million dollars, masking it too expensive to maintain.

The plant extracts uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. It has processed about 1,140 tons of spent fuel since operations began in 1977.

Authorities say the transfer of the plant’s functions to a reprocessing plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, is almost complete.

The Tokai facility was expected to treat spent fuel from the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture, so its closure may negatively impact the government’s policy to reuse spent nuclear fuel.

 
Source: NHK
 http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140929_17.html
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s