18 Apr '11, 1am

Revitalized nuclear safety may contain radiation in 6-9 months? TEPCO #tepco

Revitalized nuclear safety may contain radiation in 6-9 months? TEPCO #tepco

TOKYO - Japan's embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) offered the timeline more than five weeks after a giant quake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems at its six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi atomic power station. Radiation has since leaked into the air, soil and sea from the coastal plant northeast of Tokyo, as emergency crews have doused overheating reactors and fuel rod pools to prevent full meltdowns of volatile fuel rods. TEPCO's chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said at a press conference that the utility aims to cool reactors and start reducing radiation from the explosion-charred facilities within three months. Within six to nine months, TEPCO said in a statement, it expects to achieve "cold shutdowns" of all the six reactors, a stable condition in which temperatures drop and radiation leaks fall dramatically. "As the short-term targets, we have set two steps," sai...

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