Nuclear decommissioning research center at Fukushima now open

 Nuclear decommissioning research center at Fukushima now open

A research center built to promote the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan opened its doors Monday.
The Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science was completed April 1 as part of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), according to the Japan Times. The full research and development facility is expected to be built in fiscal year 2016 near Unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The current center is designed to bring together international groups to produce research results toward the decommissioning of Unit 1.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is working to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was damaged following hydrogen explosions inside units 1, 3 and 4 in 2011. Units 1, 2 and 3 suffered meltdowns as a result of an earthquake and tsunami that flooded the plant, knocking out power to cooling systems.
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