He stated TEPCO plans to focus totally on the approaching decade and hopefully will launch a brand new 10-year highway map by the top of March.
The not too long ago found deadly ranges of cesium on the underside of defend plugs atop the first containment chamber on the No. 2 and three reactors is not going to have an effect on near-term decommissioning work, however may complicate future plans, Ono stated.
Rather a lot concerning the melted gasoline, which fell from the core to the underside of the first containment chambers in Models 1, 2 and three, stays unknown, Ono stated, including that it is too early to determine how the plant ought to take a look at the top of the cleanup.
“It’s a tough query,” he stated. “If you happen to ask 10 individuals, everybody has a distinct reply.” Native officers in Fukushima have stated they anticipate the plant advanced to be a flatland the place individuals can stroll freely.
Ono stated the plant’s finish state ought to be mentioned by the federal government, native residents, specialists and different involved events, and ought to be determined by a consensus.
Some specialists are nonetheless skeptical that the removing of all the melted gasoline particles is feasible and counsel a Chernobyl-style entombment of the plant. Ono, nonetheless, denied that choice, saying a long-term abandonment may pose an even bigger threat than a managed cleanup and hinder the area’s restoration.
Ono stated the removing of the melted gasoline particles will hopefully progress on monitor through the 2030s. “The following 10 years for us is to organize for that purpose,” he stated.