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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:30 AM
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Reactor makers draft 10-year decommission plan

Japanese manufacturer Toshiba, which helped build the Fukushima Daiichi plant's now crippled nuclear reactors, says decommissioning them will take at least 10 years. Toshiba has drafted a plan with 4 US companies in the nuclear power industry to decommission the plant, including the Number 2 and 3 reactors that it built.

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The proposal is divided into 3 phases. The short-term plan, likely to take several months, involves cooling and stabilizing reactors and spent fuel pools, while preventing radioactive water from increasing. Toshiba will then move toward the medium-term plan, involving the safe removal of nuclear fuel rods from the pools and pressure vessels, using special cranes to be set up near the reactor buildings. Toshiba says this work will take 5 years.

The final phase, dismantling the reactors and clearing the land, will take another 5 years. Toshiba says that radioactive substances released in the process must be removed during this phase.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_38.html



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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:00 PM
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1. Hooray!!
We finally have a plan.

Now.... who's gonna pay for it? I got a nickle, will that help?

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