By 2031, the Japanese government plans to remove the nuclear fuel remaining at Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, which is in the cooling pools of six power units. This is reported by Elektrovesti.
In total, 4.7 thousand fuel assemblies are currently located at nuclear power plants. They are highly radioactive and need constant cooling. However, the buildings of the power units were seriously affected by tsunami and are unstable, therefore it is dangerous to store a large amount of radioactive materials there.
Specialists plan to move the spent nuclear fuel to more reliable pools, but the ways for its further disposal have not yet been determined. Complete dismantling of Fukushima-1 NPP is planned to be completed by about 2050.
In 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 occurred in Japan. The tremors caused a tsunami wave that hit the coast of Fukushima Prefecture and damaged Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.
Earlier it was reported that at Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, fuel rods began to be removed in the third reactor of the nuclear power plant.
Recall, the Japanese government plans to invest about $2.75 billion in the construction of a renewable energy center in the territories affected by the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.