Japan Nuke Could Continue To Release Dangerous Radiation for Months

"TOKYO — The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could continue to release dangerous radiation into the air for several months, Japanese officials said Sunday, acknowledging their painstakingly slow progress in the battle to regain control of the badly damaged facility.

Goshi Hosono, a special adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, first raised the specter of a months-long stabilization process during an interview with Fuji television. The government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, then confirmed the time frame at a news conference.

Edano told reporters that the government will continue to examine alternative emergency measures 'to shorten that period,' but he conceded that they 'may not be feasible.'"

David Nakamura reports for the Washington Post April 3, 2011.


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"Cleanup Questions as Radiation Spreads" (New York Times)

"Efforts to Plug Japanese Reactor Leak Seem to Fail" (New York Times)

"Japan to Release Low-Level Radioactive Water Into Ocean" (New York Times)

"Reactor Core Was Severely Damaged, U.S. Official Says" (New York Times)

"Pressure Rising on  Europe's Nuclear Plant Owners" (Reuters)

"Radiation in Japan Seas: Risk of Animal Death, Mutation? " (National Geographic)

"Experts: Scrapping Fukushima Plant Could Take Decades" (Asahi Shimbun)

Source: Wash Post, 04/04/2011