TEPCO to decommission Fukushima Daini plant

TEPCO to decommission Fukushima Daini plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company has revealed a plan to consider decommissioning all the reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear plant.

It is located about 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was critically damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. All 4 reactors at the Daini plant have been halted since the disaster.

TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa informed Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori of the plan at the prefectural government office on Thursday.

Kobayakawa noted that there have been negative rumors about Fukushima, and many evacuees are still unable to return home.

He told Uchibori his company has decided that keeping the Daini plant idle would hamper the reconstruction efforts in the prefecture.

The Fukushima prefectural assembly had adopted a petition to scrap the reactors at the Daini plant.
The municipal assemblies in Tomioka and Naraha, the towns that host the facility, have adopted a similar demand. The governor has repeatedly asked TEPCO and the central government in Tokyo to arrange the early decommissioning of the plant.

The utility, however, had refrained from saying clearly whether it would decommission the plant, citing the need to consider the government's energy policies and the business environment.

TEPCO is now expected to scrap all 10 reactors in Fukushima Prefecture -- 6 at the Daiichi plant and 4 at the Daini plant.