Japanese experts: 30 years to close crippled TEPCO nuclear plant, AP reports

TOKYO (TR) – An expert panel set up by Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission said it will take 30 years to safely decommission the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Associated Press reported.

The commission made the remarks in a draft report over the weekend. The full report will be completed by the end of the year, the news agency said.

The commission noted it took over a decade to remove the fuel after the 1979 U.S. Three Mile Island nuclear accident. The panel said the Daiichi nuclear power plant operation is more complicated and will take more time, according to AP.

The facility run by Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, was severely damaged by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Officials say the plant located 240 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo remains relatively stable, though operations are still underway to contain radiation which is still leaking from the site, AP reported.

Source: Associated Press

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