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Japan to revise Fukushima decommission roadmap by June

Published on Mar 7, 2013 9:57 PM
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A radiation monitor reads 114.00 microsieverts per hour as members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) employees, wearing protective suits and masks, visit the No. 4 reactor building, (background centre), and the construction of a storage unit for melted fuel rods, (background right), at the company's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Japan's government plans to impose a revised roadmap by June on decommissioning reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, putting pressure on the operator to push ahead with an unprecedented project expected to take 30 to 40 years. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/BLOOMBERG

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan's government plans to impose a revised roadmap by June on decommissioning reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, putting pressure on the operator to push ahead with an unprecedented project expected to take 30 to 40 years.

The reactors were declared to be in a stable state called cold shutdown in December 2011, nine months after a massive earthquake and tsunami led to meltdowns.

But Tokyo Electric Power Co is struggling to carry out the work in an environment of high radiation levels, and experts say it could cost at least US$100 billion to close the reactors down.

Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Thursday the government's newly appointed management group for the decommissioning project would discuss ways to advance the timing of taking fuel out of the reactors.

 
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