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Two reactors at the accident-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were classified as defunct , reducing the number of Japan’s operable commercial reactors from 54 in 2011 to 48.

While the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors achieved cold shutdowns after the Great East Japan Earthquake and suffered no major damage, TEPCO is considering using them as experimental facilities to support the challenging task of scrapping the four other reactors at the complex.

The Nos. 1 to 4 units suffered critical damage and are already set to be scrapped.

The number of reactors in Japan may further decrease if nuclear power plant operators find it difficult, or to satisfy a set of new safety requirements introduced after the Fukushima crisis.

All of the 48 reactors are currently offline. The Nuclear Regulation Authority is conducting safety assessments for more than 10 reactors as part of the procedures toward restarting their operations.

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Tepco retires two surviving reactors at Fukushima No. 1 (Japan Times)

 


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