Decommissioning Fukushima Daiini may take 44 years

Tepco, the Tokyo Electric Power Company has estimated it could take upto 44 years to decommission its Fukushima Daiini nuclear power plant. The site is located just 15km south of the accident-hit Fukushima Daiichi station. Tepco presented an outline of decommissioning plans to the municipal assembly of Tomioka last month.

Fukushima Daiini has four boiling water reactor units was also affected by the 2011 tsunami along with Fukushima Daiichi. Fortunately Fukushima Daiini avoided meltdowns, taking damage to it's cooling systems.

According to reports in the Japan Times, the decommissioning plan for Fukushima Daiini will have four stages:

The first stage, comprising radiological surveys, will take ten years.

The second stage, which will involve clearing the equipment from around the nuclear reactors, will last 12 years.

Stage three and stage four will each last 11 years and include the removal of the reactors and demolition of the reactor buildings.

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