TEPCO Rejects Demand To Pay 10.5 Billion Yen for Decontamination Work

"Tokyo Electric Power Co. refuses to pay 10.55 billion yen ($106 million) for decontamination work around its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying it is under no legal obligation to do so."

"'We don’t know whether those costs are covered by the special measures law,' a TEPCO official said.

The Environment Ministry disagrees. It says the money is part of the 14.9 billion yen in decontamination costs that TEPCO is required to pay under that special measures law to deal with radioactive substances from the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima plant."

Fukuko Takahashi reports for the Asahi Shimbun April 21, 2013.

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Source: Asahi Shimbun, 04/22/2013