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Tepco mulls closure of another Fukushima nuclear power plant

Public pressure mounts for utility to scrap remaining reactors in prefecture

Tepco's Fukushima Dai-ni nuclear power plant may soon be decommissioned, joining its sister Dai-ichi plant, which is already being permanently shut down.

TOKYO -- The president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings said on Thursday that the utility is considering decommissioning the entire Fukushima Dai-ni nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.

In a meeting with Gov. Masao Uchibori at the Fukushima prefectural office, Tepco President Tomoaki Kobayakawa said all four of the reactors of the nuclear power plant will likely be scrapped.

The decommissioning of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which was hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is already underway.

All 10 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi and Dai-ni reactors in the prefecture are to eventually be decommissioned.

Fukushima Prefecture and other local governments have demanded the decommissioning of the Dai-ni plant due to growing concerns among residents over a possible restart.

"[Postponing decommissioning] will be detrimental to the recovery of the local community," Kobayakawa told reporters.

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