- CNTV English - CCTV News

Cooling systems, contaminated water major concerns after Fukushima's cold shutdown

12-20-2011 08:57 BJT

TOKYO, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese minister in charge of the nuclear power said Monday the possibilities of a failed cooling systems and leaking contaminated water were the two major concerns for the Japanese government after it declared the reactors are stabilized at the troubled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

"The biggest problem we have in mind is the possibility that we will not be able to continue with the cooling system," Hosono told a press conference in the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in downtown Tokyo.

The Japanese government announced Friday that the damaged reactors at the crippled plant had reached a state known as "cold shutdown", about nine months after a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that knocked out the plant's vital cooling systems causing the reactors to meltdown and spark a nuclear crisis on a level unseen globally for 25-years.

Hosono said as long as the authorities could make sure the vital circulating water cooling system was working, there was basically no possibility of a major accident. He went on to say that the government and the operator of the crippled plant would make sure there was stable supply of water circulating for the cooling system.

Another risk that could bring a headache to the Japanese government was the possibility of contaminated water leaking, according to the minister. The issue is less risky because even though the contaminated water leaked, this would not necessarily lead to a major accident.

However, we felt we must ensure contaminated water leakage was prevented, Hosono said.

Besides the leakage issue, the handling of the increasing radioactive water weighs on the operator of the troubled plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co. also known as TEPCO, said earlier in the month that the plant was likely to reach its maximum storage capacity of 155,000 tons by around March next year due to massive inflows of groundwater and as such was mulling the idea of once again releasing radioactive water into the sea.

TEPCO said it would conduct a detailed environmental assessment and submit it to the government with the aim of discharging only contaminants that would have the least effect on the environment.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program