The control Board atomic energy of Japan officially recognized safe plant for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and retrieving of plutonium to create MOX fuel, reported the TV channel NHK.
The construction of the plant in Aomori Prefecture in the North of the main Japanese island of Honshu began in 1993 and was completed in 1997, but due to numerous problems during construction, and then due to the tightening of safety regulations after the accident at NPP "Fukushima-1" in 2011 it was never completed. After receiving the official recognition of the security is scheduled for completion next year and in January 2022 to run the plant. However, after the decision to dismantle the nuclear power plant "Monju" fast breeder, which was to use MOX fuel, the prospects of practical use of the plant became more than uncertain. In addition, no plant for the recycling of spent on fast neutron reactors and thermal neutron reactors MOX-fuel and the plant for manufacturing MOX-fuel.
Scientists from six countries using advanced analytical techniques found that the plutonium contained in nuclear fuel plant Fukushima-1, destroyed in March 2011, still contained in the environment in the composition of micro-particles ejected during an accident. The study is published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Environmentalists and chemists previously noted that the materials released into the atmosphere, soil and seawater after the accident, contained traces of plutonium, but its physical, chemical and isotopic forms remained unknown.