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Reactor teardowns planned, but where will the waste go?

Kansai Electric Power's Mihama nuclear power plant in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture

TOKYO -- Four Japanese power companies plan to decommission a total of five aging nuclear reactors soon. But they have yet to find a home for the radioactive waste that will result -- not only spent nuclear fuel but also debris from the dismantled reactors.

     Japan Atomic Power announced on March 17 that it plans to decommission its Tsuruga No. 1 reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, on April 27. Kansai Electric Power unveiled a similar plan for its Mihama No. 1 and No. 2 reactors in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture, and Kyushu Electric Power announced its intention to close Genkai No. 1 reactor in Genkai, Saga Prefecture.

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