Japan Gov. & TEPCO To Admit That Treating Fukushima’s Highly Radioactive Water Will Take Up To 3 Years

Removing fuel from Fukushima Nos. 3, 4 reactors to be given priority (Japan Today/Kyodo News, July 16, 2011):

TOKYO — The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. will place priority on removing fuel from the spent fuel pools of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the utility’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the next phase of efforts to contain the crisis there, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

In a new road map for restoring the plant ravaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, the two parties will also specify for the first time that it will take up to three years to handle medium-term issues such as the completion of treating highly radioactive water that has accumulated, the sources said.

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