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Japan prefectural assembly endorses utility's plan to use plutonium-based fuel

Japan prefectural assembly endorses utility's plan to use plutonium-based fuel

A local assembly in southern Japan on Friday endorsed a plan for a nuclear power plant to use fuel made from weapons-grade plutonium, an official said.
The Ehime prefecture (state) assembly approved the proposal to use MOX fuel _ a mixture of plutonium oxide and uranium oxide _ at Ikata nuclear plant operated by Shikoku Electric Power Co., a prefectural official said on condition of anonymity due to policy.
Resource-poor Japan is pushing for light-water reactor use of MOX fuel, which uses less enriched uranium than conventional fuel.
Supporters say using MOX is an effective way of consuming plutonium left over from dismantled nuclear weapons, but critics say MOX is too volatile and produces highly radioactive waste.


Updated : 2021-04-11 20:37 GMT+08:00