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Japan Regulator to Launch New Investigation into Fukushima Disaster

Power News - Published on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

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Reuters reported that Japan’s nuclear regulator said that it would launch a new investigation into the Fukushima disaster, to look into how radiation leaked from damaged reactor containment vessels and other factors. Three reactors at an atomic power plant run by Tokyo Electric Power melted down after an earthquake and tsunami eight years ago, spewing radiation that forced 160,000 people to flee, many never to return.Authorities have said they are planning a series of investigations as radiation levels gradually fall enough in reactor buildings to allow closer examination.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority released a paper showing it would look into the leaks in the reactor vessels and at cooling systems set up to keep the melted fuel in the reactors from overheating.

Tokyo Electric Power said it was ready to help. A spokesman said that “If requested in the future, we would like to proactively cooperate in the investigation, such as providing necessary data.”

A commission appointed by Japan’s parliament concluded in 2012 that Fukushima “was a profoundly manmade disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented, (while) its effects could have been mitigated by a more effective human response.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Sep 2019
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