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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Abe orders 2 Fukushima reactors scrapped; pledges safe Olympics

Japan Today 19/09/13
By Mari Saito


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that survived the 2011 tsunami, a write-off that threatens to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors.

He also said he stood by his commitments to the International Olympic Committee of insuring a safe 2020 Summer Games.
“I will work hard to counter rumors questioning the safety of the Fukushima plant,” he said.
Abe, speaking to reporters after a tour of the plant on Thursday, said he told Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to set a time frame for dealing with leaking contaminated water.
“In order for them to concentrate on this, I have directed them to decommission the No. 5 and No. 6 reactors that are now halted,” Abe said.
A tsunami crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi plant on March 11, 2011, causing fuel-rod meltdowns, radioactive contamination of air, sea and food and triggering the evacuation of 160,000 people in the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
More recently, authorities have been struggling to contain leaks of radioactive groundwater.
TEPCO President Naomi Hirose promised that the company will make a decision on the decommissioning of the two reactors within the year, Abe said.
Abe’s visit to the plant, 240 km north of Tokyo, came after he pledged that the government would take a more central role in the clean-up as part of Tokyo’s successful bid for the Olympics.
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So what does this mean?
It means that units 5-6 in a highly irradiated area, are to be turned off. The question is, what alternative did they have, leave them on?......
The mind boggles.... 
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