TEPCO Delays Replacing Tainted Water Tanks

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Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> has effectively given up replacing tainted water storage tanks at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station with safer ones at an early date, it was learned Wednesday.


It is believed to be the first time that the power firm has abandoned a deadline in its decommissioning work timetable, revised in June last year.


TEPCO now expects to finish the work in June 2018 at the earliest, according to documents submitted to a panel of the Nuclear Regulation Authority.


TEPCO initially planned to finish replacing the storage tanks with welded low-leakage ones early in the current business year through March 2017.


TEPCO remains unable to stop increases in the amount of radioactive water. The amount of contaminated water stored in the current tanks with a higher risk of leakage stood above 110,000 tons as of Thursday.

http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2016092800865

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