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This Nov. 8, 2012 photo shows storage pits at the vitrified high-level radioactive waste storage center, a part of the Rokkasho spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant facilities, run by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. in Rokasho village in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. By hosting a high-tech facility that would convert spent fuel into a plutonium-uranium mix designed for the next generation of reactors, Rokkasho was supposed to provide fuel while minimizing nuclear waste storage problems. Those ambitions are falling apart because years of attempts to build a "fast breeder" reactor, which would use the reprocessed fuel, appear to be ending in failure. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)