Major Japanese Paper: Not clear what officials mean by ‘stability’, when melted fuel may be outside containment vessel

Published: June 19th, 2011 at 10:41 am ET
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Mountain of problems still remains before Fukushima plant brought under control, Mainichi, June 18, 2011:

One cannot help but wonder how far efforts being made by the national government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to bring the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant under control have progressed.

Two months have passed since TEPCO first unveiled a roadmap for bringing the crippled plant under control, but various problems that have occurred since then show the roadmap was overly optimistic. [...]

It is also not clear what officials mean when they refer to stability of the plant, when we have not only a meltdown in the inner containment vessels, but the possibility of melted fuel having made its way to the outer containment vessels. [...]

The central government and TEPCO may not have changed the time frames for their roadmaps, but the fact is that a massive number of issues remain to be addressed before the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is brought under control.

Published: June 19th, 2011 at 10:41 am ET
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