Fukushima Daini Begins Decommissioning

TEPCO announced that decommissioning work began on Fukushima Daini on June 23, 2021. Work will begin in earnest on July 1st.

Fukushima Daini suffered significant damage during the 2011 disaster but managed to avert meltdowns of the 4 reactor units. TEPCO has been negotiating for years with nuclear regulators and the local governments to gain the needed permissions to begin dismantling the plant.

The decommissioning work will take about 40 years with decontamination work happening first and taking about 10 years. Roughly 10,000 fuel assemblies are housed in spent fuel pools at the plant. There is currently no plan or long term storage location for that fuel.

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