JNFLJapan Nuclear Fuel Limited
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In the presence of Japanses Prime Minister Shenzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande in Tokyo, Yoshihiko Kawai, President of JNFL, and Luc Oursel signed a joint statement of cooperation to prepare for the commercial startup of the used fuel recycling plant at Rokkasho-Mura (Japan).
For the CFTC, JNFL, which has already announced its teaming-up with AREVA, will lead the Japanese team supporting this part of the proposal.
The judge, however, acknowledged the plaintiffs' claims that one of the two precursors to JNFL was aware of a quake fault line around the facility and suppressed geological survey data that had negative implications for safety.
According to JNFL, the MOX fuel plant is expected to have a maximum annual capacity of processing 130 tons of plutonium and uranium metallic content.
JNFL President Isami Kojima told a press conference, ''We must carry through the reprocessing business together with the nuclear reactor (business) from the standpoint of ensuring our country's energy security and of environmental concerns.
The Rokkasho-based JNFL has compiled a list of 190 possible cases of problems that could arise in the course of the test run, including leakage of small amounts of radioactive substances, to prepare to deal with them if they occur.
On Monday, the JNFL began moving depleted uranium into its nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in preparation for the test operation starting Tuesday.
In the test, the JNFL used chemicals including nitric acid to confirm whether plant equipment functions as designed.
The new estimate was presented to the nine utilities by top JNFL officials at a meeting last December, they said.
In Rokkasho, JNFL is now building a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, from which plutonium will be chemically extracted.
JNFL plans to receive an additional 62 tons of spent nuclear fuel by the end of March.
JNFL plans to receive about 97 tons of spent nuclear fuel from six power plants in the country within fiscal 2000.