Japan to resume accepting nuclear waste from UK via NHK World

The operator of a storage facility in northern Japan is making arrangements with power companies to resume accepting shipments of highly radioactive nuclear waste from spent fuel reprocessed in Britain.

NHK has learned that Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has started talks with utility companies to accept the nuclear waste again in the business year that begins next April.

The facility in Aomori Prefecture has now met the government requirements for its operation that were introduced after the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Japan has been promoting a policy of using special fuel at nuclear power plants. The fuel is made of plutonium extracted from reprocessed spent nuclear fuel.

Japan has commissioned Britain and France to handle the reprocessing, as it does not have any commercial plants that can carry out the task.


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