Tokyo Electric Power company, once the operator of two nuclear power plants in the Fukushima Province, said Tuesday it would decommission the Fukushima Dai-ni power plant’s four reactors. The company’s president Tomoaki Kobayakowa informed Fukushima Governor Masao Ochibori of the decision on Wednesday, according to Japanese media reports.
Gov. Ochibori had been pressuring the company to decommission the second Fukushima plant, claiming it was preventing the province from moving forward. The province had its confidence in nuclear power shaken to the core with the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, (Fukushima 1).
There was no timeline given for the decommissioning, although Kabayakowa informed the governor that the task would take 40 years to complete. The move requires approval of TEPCO’s board of directors and Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
Kabayakowa told the governor that decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ni would not interfere with the arduous task of decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ichi, where three reactors suffered devastating meltdowns following an earthquake prompted tsunami event that knocked out backup power required for cooling.
Decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ni is expected to cost $2.5 billion, reports said.
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I get the impression that Japan is trying to achieve third world status and continue dependence on imported fossil fuels.