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Japan:Fire breaks out at facility of Tsuruga nuke plant

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 13, 2011
All preconditions to declare cold shutdown met


A fire broke out at the site of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Monday evening. Workers at the plant have brought it under control.

The Plant operator, Japan Atomic Power Company, says the fire began at 7:50 PM in a makeshift electric device installed at a facility to process radioactive waste. No injuries have been reported.

It also says no radioactive materials have been leaked to surrounding areas.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the fire was ignited when workers turned a switch on a makeshift power board.

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All preconditions to declare cold shutdown met

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Japan’s nuclear watchdog has approved measures that will be implemented over the next 3 years to ensure stability at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company’s mid-term safety procedures include ways to further cool the damaged reactors, and to prevent possible hydrogen explosions at the plant. TEPCO plans to implement the steps over the next 3 years to achieve the second phase of the time table to put the plant under control.

At a meeting of the Nuclear Safety Commission on Monday, some participants pointed out that the reactors have yet to reach a stable state, and that possibilities of fresh problems remain.

Others called on the utility to monitor the durability of the equipment and facilities it is using to manage the disaster. But the members ultimately approved the safety measures planned by TEPCO.

After the decision, commission chief Haruki Madarame said the utility should implement the measures as soon as possible, as it is difficult to accurately predict what may yet happen in the damaged reactors.

The Japanese government is expected to declare later this week that a state of cold shutdown has been achieved for all the plant’s reactors. The government hopes the declaration will lead to a review of current evacuation areas.
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