Japan claims critical stage reached in shutdown of crippled nuclear plant, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 2011:
[...] The reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have reached a state of cold shutdown, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Cabinet members in an announcement intended to reassure both Japan and the rest of the world that the nation is moving beyond its nuclear nightmare.
But critics say that continuing harm is being caused by the plant [...] and that it will still take decades to fully decommission it.
Officials had predicted they would reach the cold shutdown state by early 2012, and Tokyo’s support of the claim by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., that the reactors have reached a critical point is one more step toward finally encasing the plant in concrete as a precaution. [...]
Published: December 16th, 2011 at 12:26 pm ET