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Launch of new nuclear power plant in Aomori to be delayed

  • September 5, 2018
  • , Mainichi, Sankei
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Mainichi and Sankei highlighted an announcement made by the Electric Power Development Company (J-POWER) on Tuesday that the start of operations of its nuclear power plant currently under construction in Oma, Aomori, will be put off by about two years until 2026 due to a delay in work to enhance nuclear reactor safety. The papers projected that the postponement will hamper the course of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling policy intended to reduce its plutonium stockpile since the Oma facility is set to use only mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel consisting of plutonium and uranium. The GOJ and the utility industry view the use of MOX fuel as a key tool for decreasing the plutonium stockpile.

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