Operations have started to remove a rare type of spent fuel made of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide from a nuclear reactor in central Japan, its operator Kansai Electric Power Co. said Monday. The removal of MOX fuel rods from the No. 3 reactor at a plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, is the second such case in Japan, following one conducted at the Ikata nuclear plant in the western Japan prefecture of Ehime earlier this month. Kansai Electric plans to take out by Wednesday eight of 28 MOX fuel rods, which had been used at the reactor since December 2010, it said. The eight MOX fuel rods will be replaced by uranium fuel.
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