The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company says the utility is considering scrapping some of the reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, at the request of one of the 2 municipalities that host the nuclear facility. TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa revealed for first time the request is under consideration during a meeting with Kashiwazaki Mayor Masahiro Sakurai. The pair met in the Niigata Prefecture city located on the Japan Sea coast on Thursday.
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The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) plans to require that highly radioactive waste generated when nuclear reactors are decommissioned be buried underground at least 70 meters deep for about 100,000 years until the waste becomes no longer hazardous. Moreover, disposal sites for such waste should not be built in areas that could be affected by active faults or volcanoes. The plan is part of the proposed regulatory standards on disposal sites for radioactive waste from dismantled nuclear reactors, which the NRA approved on Aug. 1. The NRA will hear opinions from power companies operating nuclear plants and other entities before finalizing the regulatory standards.
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Call it an extreme makeover: In Japan’s Fukushima, officials are attempting what might seem impossible, an image overhaul at the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in decades. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, there’s a flashy new administrative building, debris has been moved and covered, and officials tout the “light” radioactive security measures now possible. “You see people moving around on foot, just in their uniforms. Before that was banned,” an official from the plant’s operator TEPCO says.
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