17:54 19 September 2013
Abe urges TEPCO to scrap 2 Fukushima reactors that avoided meltdowns
OKUMA, Japan, Sept. 19, Kyodo
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. to scrap two reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that avoided meltdowns during the 2011 nuclear accident.
Of the plant's six reactors, the utility is moving ahead to decommission the Nos. 1 to 4 units that suffered meltdowns or hydrogen explosions in the early days of the crisis, but it has not made clear what it will do with the remaining Nos. 5 and 6 reactors that managed to achieve a stable condition called a cold shutdown.
Abe made the request during his visit on Thursday to the Fukushima plant, which continues to be plagued with radioactive water leaks and other problems more than two years since it was hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
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