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Fukashima Power Plant is Stable – Japan PM

Friday, December 16, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 16, 2011
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been successfully brought to a state of cold shutdown.

The state is a target in the second phase of a timetable established by the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company to bring the plant under control.

At a meeting of the government nuclear disaster task force on Friday, Noda declared that the reactors are now stable and that the second phase is complete.

He said radiation levels at the periphery of the plant site will remain low if another accident occurs.

Noda added that many challenges remain, such as having people who evacuated due to the disaster return to their homes.

He stressed the need to facilitate decontamination work in no-entry zones and government-designated evacuation zones around the plant.

He also stressed the need to facilitate disposal of contaminated debris, including the establishment of temporary and permanent storage facilities.

Noda also said the government should do all it can to help evacuees return home.

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TEPCO won’t release treated water to sea for now
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The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has decided for the time being not to release decontaminated water into the ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO is decontaminating radioactive water amassed in the basements of the reactor buildings and then recycling it as coolant for the reactors.

But it is having difficulty dealing with the decontaminated water. Amounts are exceeding the initial estimates and underground water is also flowing into the basements. Currently, the firm is storing the treated water in tanks on the plant’s premises.

TEPCO said on December 8th that it was considering discharging the treated water into the sea after further decontaminating it.
However, it has postponed its decision after facing a protest from a national association of fisheries cooperatives.

TEPCO disclosed its position in a 3-year management plan for its nuclear plants presented to the industry ministry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Thursday.

The firm says it will not release water into the sea until it implements 3 measures: blocking underground water from entering the basements, improving and stably operating decontaminating equipment, and increasing the number of storage tanks.

TEPCO says it will not release water into the ocean without approval from relevant government offices, including the fisheries ministry.

A TEPCO senior official says his firm will explain its efforts in detail to relevant organizations after taking the 3 steps. He says TEPCO will also properly brief the national fisheries association and local fishermen on its plan.

NHK.

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Fukushima nuclear power plant stable: Japan government 
 
         
 

TOKYO, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — The Japanese government announced Friday the earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been stable after nine-months effort to bring the facility cold shutdown.

A cold shutdown means the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl has been under control. Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the nuclear power plant is going to move on to the next stage of maintaining the stability after cooling down the melted fuel inside the stricken No. 1 to 3 reactors.

The Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda to declare Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident contained at a news conference later in evening.

(Xinhua)

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