Japan Declares Fukushima Stable

The Japanese Prime Minister brings a measure of closure to the accidents at the crippled nuclear power plant.

By | December 19, 2011

A photo of the Fukushima plant taken in 1999Wikimedia Commons, kawamoto takuo

A photo of the Fukushima plant taken in 1999WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, KAWAMOTO TAKUO

Nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was badly damaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, have finally been stabilized, according to the country's Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda.

The announcement followed the "cold shutdown" of the breached reactors, which were cooled using seawater. "The nuclear reactors have reached a state of cold shutdown, and therefore we can now confirm that we have come to the end of the accident phase of the actual reactors," Noda told a news conference on Friday, according to BBC News. "We are now moving from trying to stabilize the nuclear reactors to decommissioning them."

Noda went on to promise that the Japanese government would move into this next phase safely while focusing on cleaning up leaked radioisotopes around the plant. Earlier last week, the Japanese government stated that clean up and full decommissioning would take about 40 years. Many of the fears that surfaced in the immediate aftermath of the accident—such upticks in cancer and damage to agriculture and environment—have been largely averted thus far.

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Avatar of: Karl Simanonok

Karl Simanonok

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December 20, 2011

DUH excess cancers will take years to show up, and they know this, so their public statements are obviously DECEPTIONS.  They still have reactor cores open to the atmosphere, for kryssakes, and fuel melted through the bottom of containment vessels so their "cold shutdown" talk is more DECEPTION.  Typical for the nuclear industries.

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December 20, 2011

DUH excess cancers will take years to show up, and they know this, so their public statements are obviously DECEPTIONS.  They still have reactor cores open to the atmosphere, for kryssakes, and fuel melted through the bottom of containment vessels so their "cold shutdown" talk is more DECEPTION.  Typical for the nuclear industries.

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December 20, 2011

DUH excess cancers will take years to show up, and they know this, so their public statements are obviously DECEPTIONS.  They still have reactor cores open to the atmosphere, for kryssakes, and fuel melted through the bottom of containment vessels so their "cold shutdown" talk is more DECEPTION.  Typical for the nuclear industries.

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