TEPCO decides permanent shutdown of 2 surviving Fukushima reactors

TOKYO, Dec. 18 (PNA/Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. decided at its board meeting Wednesday to permanently shut down two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that avoided meltdowns in the 2011 accident, responding to a request by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September.

The Nos. 5 and 6 reactors, however, will not be dismantled and will be used as research facilities to support the challenging task of scrapping the four other reactors that have suffered core meltdowns or have been affected by hydrogen explosions.

Local calls are strong that TEPCO scrap both the Fukushima Daiichi and the nearby Fukushima Daini plants. But the utility has not made clear what it will do with the four-reactor complex about 12 kilometers to the south. (PNA/Kyodo)