Controlling Japan nuke plant could take months (AP)

8 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, April 03 2011 Apr 3, 2011 Sunday, April 03, 2011 4:12:18 AM CDT April 03, 2011 in Continuous News
Source: Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) - A Japanese nuclear safety official says it could take several months to get the country's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant under control.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has been leaking radiation since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Nuclear safety agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama says officials will face a crucial turning point in the next few months but even that won't be the end.

He says that in order for reactors at the plant to be under control, a cooling system incapacitated by the tsunami must be restored and engineers must stop radioactivity from being released into the air and the ocean.

This is the first time Nishiyama has provided a rough estimate of how long the effort to control the plant might take.

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