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Japan Fuel Reprocessing Plant Delayed Again, Till 2018

The operator of Japan's fuel reprocessing plant said Monday that it was postponing the plant's opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators' lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades. The Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said it was delaying the targeted completion of the Rokkasho reprocessing plant, which separates plutonium from spent fuel for reuse as fuel, by as much as 2 1/2 years. The delay-plagued plant, initially set for launch in 2000, was...

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