19:51 21 September 2013
TEPCO split proposed to speed up Fukushima reactors' scrapping
TOKYO, Sept. 21, Kyodo
A senior official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Tokyo Electric Power Co. be split up through the creation of a company in charge of decommissioning reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a party official said Saturday.
Tadamori Oshima, head of the LDP committee for the recovery of areas in northeastern Japan devastated by the 2011 March earthquake and tsunami, made the proposal Wednesday so that the utility will be able to focus on compensation for those affected by the nuclear crisis and its primary business while decommission work can be speeded up, the official said.
Of the plant's six reactors, TEPCO is moving ahead to decommission the Nos. 1 to 4 units that suffered meltdowns or hydrogen explosions in the early days of the crisis. Abe on Thursday urged TEPCO to scrap the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors as well, even though those two reactors suffered no major structural damage.
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