Official: Japanese nuclear plant stabilization ahead of schedule

Japanese Nuclear Plant Stabilization Ahead Of Schedule
September 05, 2011|By Pamela Boykoff and Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN
TEPCO president Toshio Nishizawa said radioactive water is currently the most difficult issue.

Efforts to stabilize Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, crippled by a March tsunami which triggered a nuclear crisis, are running ahead of schedule, according to the president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the plant.

Toshio Nishizawa told CNN Monday he hopes to achieve the second phase of the shutdown before a January deadline.

“I cannot promise you, but if things go smoothly with careful control, it is possible to bring the cold shutdown forward,” said Nishizawa.

Cold shutdown requires a stable winding down of the operations of the reactors at a temperature under 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit).  (Full Story)