TEPCO decides to scrap Fukushima Daini reactors

The Tokyo Electric Power Company has officially decided to scrap all four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant. The plant is near Fukushima Daiichi, which was severely damaged in the March 2011 quake and tsunami.

The decision came at the operator's board meeting on Wednesday.

Fukushima Daini is located about 12 kilometers south of the Daiichi plant. All four reactors at the Daini plant have remained offline since the disaster.

Wednesday's decision means all 10 nuclear reactors in Fukushima Prefecture will be decommissioned.

Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori and others have repeatedly asked the utility to scrap the reactors at the Daini plant.

As part of the decommissioning process, TEPCO plans to build an on-site temporary storage facility for about 10,000 units of spent nuclear fuel, which are now being kept in storage pools.

The operator says it may take more than 40 years before all the decommissioning work is completed at the Daini plant.