There are no prospects that spent mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel, made by reprocessing spent nuclear material, can be further reprocessed and reused for nuclear power generation in accordance with the Japanese government’s energy policy. Storing such fuel for a long period has thus raised safety concerns. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has expressed concerns that the storage of spent MOX fuel in the pool over such a long period is highly dangerous. In case of a power blackout, the temperature of the water in the pool could not be maintained at a certain level and it would become unable to cool the fuel just as was the case with the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Mainichi 15th Jan 2020 read more »
A Japanese court ordered Shikoku Electric on Friday to suspend operations at its Ikata nuclear plant’s No.3 unit in Ehime prefecture in western Japan after residents raised safety concerns, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Reuters 17th Jan 2020 read more »