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Japan:IAEA chief says cooling operation going as planned

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Laaska News  July 26,2011
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says operations to bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant under control are going as planned.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visited the plant on Monday, one day after he arrived in Japan. This is his first visit to Fukushima Daiichi since the March 11th disaster triggered the nuclear accident there.

Amano later told reporters that he wore protective clothing and toured the plant on a bus, while being briefed about damage to reactor buildings and other facilities by the head of the nuclear station.

Amano said he inspected the cooling operation to check on the progress of the stabilization plan.

He said he also visited the plant’s headquarters to talk with workers there about the content and the environment of the stabilizing operations.

Amano said steps are being carried out systematically and that he believes the prospects are bright.

Amano added that IAEA knowledge and know-how could be helpful for future operations at the plant, such as removing radioactive materials and taking out spent nuclear fuel rods.

He said he wants to discuss possible cooperation with the Japanese government.



Laaska News.