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The JNFL was introduced in the Knesset and passed its preliminary reading.
The proposal to DOE, which reflects the swift determination of the Japanese government to participate in the GNEP initiative, was submitted after discussions with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and JNFL.
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.
Cogema has moreover been contracted by JNFL to provide assistance in starting up a reprocessing plant at the Rokkasho-mura installation, which already houses three other nuclear facilities and is the EU's rival candidate to host the future International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).
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.
The uranium test at the plant in the village of Rokkasho, aimed at checking the operation of equipment and devices, is expected to last about a year after which JNFL plans to conduct an active test using spent nuclear fuel, company officials said.
Taking all these possible mishaps into account, the JNFL has studied past problems that occurred at similar facilities at home and abroad, and has come up with a total of 190 types of glitch that can be expected to occur, which it has made public via such means as its Web site.
The group said the JNFL, the government and other concerned parties ''are seeking to go ahead with the project without addressing'' the concerns of many citizens, and called on them to abandon the project.
JNFL expects it to take several days to transport some 53 tons of depleted uranium to the plant by truck, including the 31 tons unloaded from a freighter Monday at Mutsu-Ogawara port, also in the village of Rokkasho.
The JNFL, a consortium of nine electric power companies, the Japan Atomic Power Co.
(JNFL) will need 1.76 trillion yen in additional funds to cover overhead costs on top of the previously stated 2.14 trillion yen to build a nuclear reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, electric power industry sources said Monday.
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