Japan To Locate Nuclear Waste Site Without Local Approval, TEPCO Scraps Units 5 & 6

METI has indicated that the Japanese government plans to create high level nuclear waste sites in the country but without obtaining local government approval. These would be permanent storage sites for high level nuclear waste. This could include anything from spent fuel to highly radioactive debris and melted fuel from Fukushima Daiichi. The government has had no local community come forward to accept the site plan over a series of years where attempts were made to find volunteers.

TEPCO announced today that they have completed the process to officially scrap units 5 and 6 at Fukushima Daiichi. This has been suggested by the government previously. TEPCO plans to remove fuel from the reactors and use the two units as test facilities as they prepare to dismantle units 1-4 and retrieve the melted fuel. Unit 5 has 946 spent fuel assemblies and unit 6 has 876. The two reactor vessels hold 548 and 764 fuel assemblies respectively. This creates 3134 fuel assemblies that will need to be casked.

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