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In Japan recognized safe plant for reprocessing

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.

Meanwhile, at the plant in Aomori Prefecture has already accumulated about 3 thousand tons of spent nuclear fuel brought from nuclear power plants. This is the maximum amount which is not running another plant capable of storing, with the result that four years ago, the plant stopped taking fuel.

After the completion of the Committee for the control of atomic energy will check the safety equipment. If it is confirmed, to get started the plant will obtain permission from local authorities and administrations.