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Utility head blamed for late mention of Fukushima ‘meltdown’

TOKYO (AP) — An outside investigation team appointed by the operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that an instruction from then-company president to avoid mentioning “meltdown” delayed disclosure of the status of three reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. described the Fukushima reactors’ condition as less serious “core damage” for two months after the March 2011 earthquake and ...

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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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Exit now, pay later: Germany’s rushed farewell to nuclear power

FRANKFURT/BERLIN – When Chancellor Angela Merkel called up the boss of Germany’s biggest power producer RWE two days after the first explosion at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, there was no mention of a u-turn in her energy policy. Twenty-four hours later, Juergen Grossmann learnt through the media that Merkel was planning to shut down the country’s oldest nuclear plants and ...

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