Japan to shut down Fukushima plants by year's end

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    Japan says it will shut down reactors at the Fukushima-1 power plant by the end of the year. The announcement comes despite revelations that a natural disaster in March damaged the nuclear facility worse than earlier believed.

    Serious troubles continue to beleaguer the operators of the Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture that was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami. But Prime Minister Naoto Kan told parliament Monday the damaged reactors will be shut down sometime this year.

    Kan says the timeline for bringing the four damaged reactors into a state of cold shutdown will not be changed. He insists that will happen in six to nine months.

    That timetable is consistent with a plan Tokyo Electric Power Company announced one month ago. But since then it has become apparent that the reactors suffered worse damage than earlier thought. The number one reactor, it is now acknowledged, suffered a meltdown soon after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan.

    Japanese experts say the fuel rods inside the reactor were fully exposed to the air and melted. However, the fuel apparently dropped to the bottom of the containment vessel, preventing it from going into a full meltdown stage.

    Recent attempts to keep the reactor cool by filling the containment chamber with water have run into difficulty. The power company, known as TEPCO, says thousands of tons of highly radioactive contaminated water have leaked through holes created by melted fuel into the reactor basement.

    Japan Promises to Shut Down Fukushima Reactors By Year's End | East Asia and Pacific | English
     
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    Wonder how much that is going to cost the people of Japan?
     
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    Hmmm....... Ol' Walleyes and BiPolar were so insistant that this could not happen.
     
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    Japan loses two more reactors...
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    TEPCO confirms meltdowns at two more reactors
    Wed, May 25, 2011 - The operator of the nuclear power plant at the center of a radiation scare after being disabled by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami confirmed yesterday that there had been meltdowns of fuel rods at three of its reactors.
     
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    Granny wantin' to know who gonna clean up the spill?...
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    Tonnes of toxic water leaking from Fukushima
    Jun 29, 2011

     

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