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Japan Nuclear Co Aims To Achieve Fukushima Cold Shutdown In 6-9 Months

Fukushima nuclear reactor

Japan nuclear power plant company Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is now saying it is aiming to achieve a “cold shutdown” of its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 6 to 9 months.

TEPCO said the process will be one of cooling the reactors and spent fuel to a satisfactorily stable level within 3 months, and then taking the reactors into “cold shutdown” another 3 to 6 months after that has been achieved.

The company said the most urgent jobs are to prevent hydrogen explosions at three of the six reactors, and to adequately store tens of thousands of tonnes of radioactive water that has built up at the nuclear site. Radioactive water has been pumped into the sea from the plant, which has concerned both China and South Korea.

Recent information has come to light that indicates much more radiation leaked from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the first few days of the nuclear emergency than first thought, and the nuclear crisis level was raised to the highest level.

The company could not say when the tens of thousands of evacuated citizens would be able to return. Banri Kaieda, the trade minister, has indicated that some citizens will be able to return home when the plant has been stabilized.

TEPCO has said it will continue to monitor radiation levels in the surrounding area as the plant is stabilized, and work with the government to decide on an appropriate time for lifting the exclusion zone.

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  • R.W. Wolf

    No More Nuclear Power Plants!
    Japan’s nuclear disaster and resulting fallout is just one incident of nuclear reactors in trouble at a single location. The U.S. has over 100 nuclear reactors some similar to Japans earthquake damaged reactors. If Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors continue to leak radiation into the air and oceans, many exporting industries may be damaged by radiation contamination. If Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors continue leak radiation into the air, could over a period of time that cause dangerous levels of radiation to be absorbed by U.S. farm crops and cattle, making U.S. farm products unmarketable; cause U.S. food shortages and high prices. How far will millions of gallons of radioactive water travel dumped from damaged Japanese reactors? Will Radioactive Fish migrate to other nation’s waters affecting other country food chains? Will grocery store and seafood restaurant customers need to check purchased seafood, fruits, meat and milk with a Geiger counter. Could several of Japan’s industrial products become too radioactive to export? So much for clean nuclear energy.

    In the U.S., nuclear reactors have had to be subsidized by taxpayers. When nuclear reactors leak as shown in Japan, it can be hugely expensive when damaged reactors melt down spreading radiation. In the U.S. too many nuclear reactors are close to large U.S. populations; 1000 miles may be too close to communities downwind. In addition to catastrophic health costs, a leaking reactor can contaminate for decades, 100’s or several thousand years large geographic areas, destroying real estate values of entire cities, shutdown industries. The potential risks of operating or building more nuclear reactors in the U.S. can’t be justified considering the catastrophic downside. The U.S. has approximately 104 nuclear reactors. From a military standpoint, U.S. enemies would only need target U.S. nuclear reactors to spread deadly radiation to large cities crippling America. Nuclear reactors are a losing bet.