Japan PM to declare nuke shutdown

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By Rishi
Date  15 Dec 2011


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is going to announce the cold shutdown of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
 
Noda will hold a press conference with local media from 6:00 p.m. (0900 GMT) on Friday during which he will proclaim the nuclear plant has been brought under control.
 
The announcement would be in line with the Japanese government's pledge to accomplish cold shutdown of the overheating reactors by the year's end.
 
Meanwhile, Japanese authorities and officials from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) - the operator of the temblor-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant - said on Thursday that it could take up to 40 years to complete the process of scrapping the plant's crippled reactors.
 
The Fukushima Daiichi plant has leaked radiation into air, soil and the Pacific Ocean ever since it was hit by a 9-magnitude earthquake and a devastating tsunami on March 11.
 
The massive tremor triggered a nuclear crisis by knocking out power to the cooling systems and causing the reactor meltdowns at the nuclear power plant on Japan's northeast coast.
 
The number of the dead and missing from Japan's March 11 quake and tsunami stands at over 28,000, according to the Japanese National Police Agency.

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