Title: Plutonium problem lingers as mixed-oxide fuel comes to Japan
Authors: Toshio Kawada, Rintaro Sakurai, Shinya Takagi and Mari Fujisaki
Date: June 25, 2013
Plutonium problem lingers as mixed-oxide fuel comes to Japan
[...] Four utilities plan to apply for restarting 12 reactors as soon as new nuclear safety standards take effect July 8.
Three of the reactors were involved in pluthermal power generation before the nuclear disaster: the No. 3 reactor at the Takahama plant, the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture, and the No. 3 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture.
[...] Shikoku Electric and Kyushu Electric plan to resume pluthermal operations if the restarts are approved [...]
But electric power companies do not have the option of withdrawing from the government-led pluthermal program.
“We have no other choice because Japan needs to consume plutonium,” a senior official of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said. [...]
See also: Berkeley Nucleonics: Plutonium-239 levels were almost as high as Cesium-137 a dozen kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTO & VIDEO)
Published: June 25th, 2013 at 2:22 pm ET