Sunday, July 10, 2011

Decontamination Fukushima will take decades according to the Government

The Japanese prime minister said Saturday, July 9 that decontamination of the site of the Fukushima nuclear power plant would take several decades. Naoto Kan presented for the first time a program of long-term operation. Cooling systems of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, located 220 km northeast of Tokyo, were damaged on mergers within three reactors after the tsunami that followed the earthquake of March 11, causing one of worst civil nuclear disaster.

"Many people were forced to evacuate" the area, said Mr Kan during a meeting of the Democratic Party to power in Japan. "It will take three, five or even 10 years to reach regain control, and even decades to remedy the consequences of the accident," he added. The Japanese Commission for Atomic Energy and the operator of the plant in Fukushima, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), have agreed initially to start removing the nuclear fuel melted into 2021, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The TV station reported that the authorities, operators and equipment manufacturers thought it would be "decades" before dismantling the reactors of the plant, citing a long-term program to regain control of the Central. Japan has announced a short term to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, responsible for radioactive emissions of very high level after the failure of its cooling systems.

But before Saturday, the government had still made no estimate of the duration of the decontamination program needed to end the crisis. The project, which has obtained NHK, based on a study of data on how the U.S. conducted during the nuclear accident at the Three Mile in 1979, said the chain.

TEPCO hopes to reduce radioactive leaks by the end of July and sent to cool the reactor to stop at the latest by January next. Goshi Hosono, the Minister responsible for managing the consequences of the nuclear accident, told Jiji Press that the government would announce on July 19 a new decontamination of the site and its long-term management of the accident

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