Fukushima governor renews call for closure of another nuclear plant

7 January 2017

Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) anew on Jan. 6 to decommission its Fukushima Daini (No. 2) nuclear plant as well as the Daiichi (No. 1) plant crippled in the 2011 nuclear accident caused by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Speaking with top TEPCO executives, including Chairman Fumio Sudo and President Naomi Hirose, at his office in Fukushima city, Uchibori said, “The prefectural people desire to see all nuclear reactors in Fukushima decommissioned. We would like to renew our request for the abolition of the Daini plant as well.”

Hirose said in reply the utility “accepts the prefectural people’s voice sincerely” but stopped short of making clear if it will also decommission the second plant, which remains intact after all reactors automatically stopped operations following the disaster.

The governor reiterated his three requests that the Daini plant should be decommissioned, safety and peace of mind ensured in the ongoing work to decommission the Daiichi plant, and damages payments made in a careful and prompt manner.

Referring to the prefectural assembly’s adoption of a position statement calling for the termination of all reactors at the Daini plant at its regular session in December, Hirose said TEPCO “certainly accepts such a desire of the prefectural people, and will discuss the matter and draw a conclusion,” showing no clear-cut stance toward the call for decommissioning.

(Translated by Kyodo News)