to expand subsidies to promote MOX power
The Japan Times, December 30, 2002
Original address: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20021230a8.htm
The industry ministry will expand subsidies to local
governments in a bid to advance the stalled plan to begin power generation
fueled by uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX), ministry officials said.
The so-called pluthermal plan to burn MOX fuels
in existing nuclear reactors was halted when both Fukushima and Niigata
prefectures retracted earlier agreements following a damage coverup
scandal by Tokyo Electric Power Co. at three plants in their regions.
Another plan for pluthermal generation by Kansai Electric Power Co.
in Fukui Prefecture has been suspended due to an earlier data-manipulation
scandal of MOX fuel imported from Britain.
In an attempt to revive the program, the Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry plans to give 20 million yen annually for up to five years
to help relevant prefectural governments persuade residents to accept
The central government will also triple subsidies provided in line
with power output if MOX is used instead of uranium fuels.