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The Yomiuri Shimbun Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Dec. 21--ROKKASHOMURA, Japan -- A test run using spent uranium started Tuesday at a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, finally getting the nation's nuclear fuel cycle plan rolling.
At about 9:30 a.m. at the central control room of the plant in Rokkashomura, Aomori Prefecture, plant manager Jun Shibuya instructed workers to move a uranium container into position. About 50 officials of Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., which operates the plant, watched the test run begin.
About 31 tons of uranium powder in two-meter-high, 1.3-meter-wide containers were delivered to the plant Monday from a nuclear …