TEPCO To Socialize Losses, More Questions Arise About Decommissioning Plans
Further plans are being discussed to raise electric rates and inject public funds into TEPCO. The amount of costs already shouldered by the government and the people is astronomical when you look at not just the government costs of evacuating people and other actions needed to address the disaster but what individuals have spent. The citizens groups that have developed to test food, additional costs to retailers and personal expenditures to move or find safe food is considerable. Finding out the real total costs of this disaster would help determine the true cost of nuclear power.
There have been 3 major accidents at commercial reactors since the late 1970’s so it does play a role in the true costs to consumers.
The Japanese government has released the long term roadmap for Fukushima Daiichi. A US NRC official has expressed doubts about the ability to predict a timeline for decommissioning right now. The official also complained of the lack of information from the Japanese government during the early months of the disaster. A brief review of the decommissioning document shows most of the plans still require research into both the viability of doing them and a technology to do it with. The long term roadmap has been released in English here.
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