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Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to contain leaking radioactive water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said the structure, which was completed last month, can now be activated. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power ...

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Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

FILE - In this March 10, 2014, file photo, a staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) speaks to journalists in front of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant during a press tour in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. TEPCO, the operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday, March 31, to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, hinge of the success of the wall. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool, File)

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and ...

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Japan utility admits it delayed report of Fukushima meltdown

Japan utility admits it delayed report of Fukushima meltdown

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said its officials were unaware of a company emergency manual that defined a meltdown as damage exceeding 5 percent of a reactor’s fuel. Instead, ...

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Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

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Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power ...

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