News that the central government is finalizing plans to decommission the Monju fast-breeder reactor
in Fukui Prefecture has sparked anger and fear among local politicians about what will happen to their economy, and could make Fukui's cooperation in restarting other reactors more complicated.
The fast-breeder reactor
took 20 years to build and 20 years so far to decommission - with the most dangerous parts taking another 20 years.
The Japanese government is thinking of reviewing its research project to commercialize the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor
, a decision that could impact Japan's long-held policy of recycling spent nuclear fuel.
Processing waste with a fast-breeder reactor
is said to accelerate the decay of radioactive material and slash its volume, the Nikkei said.
Data transmission from the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor
in central Japan has been suspended since early Monday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said.
TOKYO - The science ministry plans to effectively freeze research related to the trouble-prone Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor
in Fukui Prefecture by cutting 70 to 80 percent of its current 10 billion yen budget for the next fiscal year from April, ministry sources said Monday.
According to experts the fast-breeder reactor
, being built by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (Bhavini), is one of the key projects of India's three-stage nuclear power programme.
FOURTEEN years and five months after it was shut down in the wake of an accident, Japan's Monju fast-breeder reactor
resumed operations today (Thursday May 6).
The plutonium was originally intended to power the Kalkar fast-breeder reactor
in northern Germany, but the facility was never brought into service and the fuel was dispatched at the beginning of the nineties to the temporary storage centre at Dounreay in Scotland.
Framatome has announced that it has secured two contracts worth a total of Euro 6 million from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) for the dismantling of the experimental fast-breeder reactor
at Dounreay in the far North of Scotland.
As the science chief, Nakagawa also dealt with the aftermath of the 1995 sodium leak at the prototype fast-breeder reactor
Monju in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, which led to its shutdown.
Part of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor
halted last weekend due to human error, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency said late Friday on the heels of an effective ban on restarting the reactor due to the operator's deteriorating safety culture.