Japan faces dilemma over plutonium stored in France

By Aaron Sheldrick

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I kinda laughed when I read Suzuki's comments about this being a, "win-win deal." Making the best of a bad situation is a better choice of words in this case.

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The Japan Atomic Energy Commission considers losing money a "Win". Maybe that's how they calculate that nuclear power is so cheap.

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No problem...any loses will just be passed on to tepco customers ( by way of another price hike.

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Japan has about 150 tons of plutonium so how will it be kept safe. At the reprocessing plant in Aomori its reached its maximum storage capacity of about 3,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel which will cause problems if and when the reactors are restarted. The cost of the Aomori plant is tagged onto the monthly power charges.

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"Giving its plutonium away and paying for it would expose the Japanese to the reality of plutonium as a liability rather than an asset," said Schneider.

Crazy proposal. Distributing plutonium around the world and pay for it?

“This is a kind of win-win deal,” said Tatsujiro Suzuki, a former vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, who will join Von Hippel in meeting with legislators on Thursday.

Tatsujiro Suzuki, Deputy Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission from Jan 2010 to Dec 2012

So, he was in charge of the failure in March 2011. I do not know why all these people are still around rather than in jail.

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Plutonium is arguably a weapon of mass destruction with even small amounts being lethal- better to leave it in France n'est pas?

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I'm always amused when I hear about how nuclear power is cheap, clean and safe. The reality is very different. Right now, the current residents of Japan are footing the bill for the disaster and for storage of spent and unused fuel rods. However, the cost for future generations to deal with all the spent fuel rods and other nuclear waste will be phenomenal! There is nothing cheap, clean or safe about nuclear power!

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One ton of plutonium is enough material for 100 to 150 atomic bombs. 150 tons of plutonium would make 15,000 to 22,500 bombs.

The Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant was originally scheduled to begin operation in April 1996. Yet, on Oct. 30, 2014, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd (JNFL), the operator of the Rokkasho plant, announced that the plant would not begin operations until at least March 2016. This is the twenty-first delay for the plant. Japan maintains the world’s second-largest petroleum reserve after Uncle Sam.

To date the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant costs are $30 billion, ¥3,688,050,000,000.

Japan has no safe storage for plutonium.

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Not just Japan, many countriex send their waste to them for storage and processing .

The french been kicking it back for years due overfull storage, hence why Germany and other countries parked them at the side of the road while building storage facilities.

Storage facilities anywhere take a long time to build but the countries produced too soon hence it is coming back globally.

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Japan should allow this plutonium stored in France to be used in Japanese build reactors to generate electricity.

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