TEPCO ordered to make new schedule for scrapping damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, Kyodo says

TOKYO (TR) – Japan’s nuclear disaster minister ordered Tokyo Electric Power Company to revise its schedule and speed up the dismantling of the crippled daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo News said.

Nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono also called on TEPCO to start removing spent fuel a year earlier than initially planned, Kyodo reported. The spent fuel must be removed from all reactors before the extraction of melted fuel from crippled reactors No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 can begin, the news agency said, citing a draft report by the panel that is being overseen by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

The panel said removal of the melted fuel is expected to start in 10 years with full decommissioning of the plant expected to take 30 years, according to Kyodo. The news service said TEPCO is expected to reach cold shutdown of the damaged reactors by the end of the year.

The Japanese government also announced it would not allow the financial condition of the utility from delaying efforts to shutter the facility, Kyodo reported.

Source: Japan Times

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