19 Mar '11, 4am

Burying and sealing Japan's overheated nuclear reactors is appealing, but could be 'a big mistake': Experts

Burying and sealing Japan's overheated nuclear reactors is appealing, but could be 'a big mistake': Experts

Military fire trucks sprayed tonnes of water on Friday, and workers hope to restart cooling systems once a new power line is installed. Reporters in Japan raised the notion Friday of sealing the reactors and fuel rods in concrete as an emergency measure. But officials with Japan's nuclear safety agency and the plant's operator did not embrace the idea. 'We believe it is not a realistic option,' said Hidehiko Nishiyama of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. And Teruaki Kobayashi, a manager at the Tokyo Electric Power Co, said the utility would not rule out entombing the reactors but thinks the probability is low.

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