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Japan crews facing 100 year battle at Fukushima: Nuclear Expert

Published: March 31st, 2011 at 11:13 pm ET
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Crews ‘facing 100-year battle’ at Fukushima, ABC Australia, April 1, 2011:

A nuclear expert has warned that it might be 100 years before melting fuel rods can be safely removed from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. …

“As the water leaks out, you keep on pouring water in, so this leak will go on for ever,” said Dr John Price, a former member of the Safety Policy Unit at the UK’s National Nuclear Corporation.

“There has to be some way of dealing with it. The water is connecting in tunnels and concrete-lined pits at the moment and the question is whether they can pump it back.

“The final thing is that the reactors will have to be closed and the fuel removed, and that is 50 to 100 years away. …

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Published: March 31st, 2011 at 11:13 pm ET
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