23 Mar '11, 12am

The Fukushima nuclear crisis will leave Japan with a cleanup problem that could cost an 'astronomical amount': Experts

The Fukushima nuclear crisis will leave Japan with a cleanup problem that could cost an 'astronomical amount': Experts

This handout picture released from Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) shows workers spraying water to cool down the spent nuclear fuel in the fourth reactor building at Tepco's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS - THE Fukushima nuclear crisis will leave Japan with a cleanup problem that will last for years or even decades and carry an astronomical cost, experts said. Credible estimates of the bill are impossible right now, they cautioned, given that engineers at the Fukushima No. 1 plant are still in emergency mode and data about damage and radiation remain sketchy. But assuming the plant is stabilised, many years of work lie ahead and the final tab will be billions of dollars, they said. Never before has any country had to deal with the aftermath of partial meltdowns occurring simultaneously in three reactors and highly radioactive spent fuel rods lying...

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