Nuke Info Tokyo No. 140 (January/February 2011)

Monju’s Never Ending Problems
On December 4, about 1,000 people gathered in Tsuruga City for a public meeting and demonstration to demand the closure of the Monju Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor.

Problems at KK-3 and KK-7
Niigata Prefecture’s subcommittee on equipment integrity and seismic safety began its review of the integrity of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (KK) Unit 3 (BWR, 1100MW) on December 13, 2010. However it is likely to be a long road to a restart.

Uranium Enrichment Plant Turns into a Big Waste Dump
The centrifuges at Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd’s (JNFL) Rokkasho Uranium Enrichment Plant, located four kilometers to the northeast of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, have fallen silent. The last line was shut down on December 15 last year.

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant Update
JNFL proposed and the government approved a plan in which the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant can begin 40 years of commercial operation on the basis of 20 successfully produced glass canisters.

Problems with extending the time between periodic inspections
On October 15 Tohoku Electric Power Company announced that it planned to increase the length of continuous operation of its Higashidori-1 reactor from the current 13-month cycle to a 16-month cycle.

Petition Concerning Feasibility Study for Construction of Nuclear Power Plant in Viet Nam
Endorsed by 79 groups and 132 individuals and sent to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry on December 15, 2010.

Nuclear Plants and Facilities in East Asia and Japan
Maps current as at January 2011

Group Intro: Miyagi Wind
Opposition to nuclear energy has been continuing in the Tohoku region for many years. Miyagi Wind is heir to this rich tradition.

News Watch
New nuclear policy drafting process begins
Mihama-1 passes 40 years operation
Rush to sign nuclear agreements
Industry nuclear cooperation agreements
Japanese Electric Power Companies Join French Uranium Enrichment Project
Permission granted for installation of TEPCO’s Higashidori-1
Stage set for submission of application for permission to install Sendai-3
Pluthermal permission for Tomari-3
Pluthermal starts at Takahama-3
Pluthermal postponed in Hamaoka-4

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