JAPAN | Crisis min: cooling must precede evacuees’ return

Posted on July 14, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 14 July 2011

Japan’s nuclear crisis minister says a cold shutdown of the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant must be achieved before the government allows evacuees to return to their homes near the plant.

Goshi Hosono said at a Diet committee meeting on Thursday that he knows that evacuees from the 20-kilometer no-entry zone are eager to return home.

The plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, aims to complete the cold shutdown procedure — the second step in bringing the plant under control — by late this year or the beginning of next year.

Hosono said the government plans to start necessary preparations such as radiation monitoring, decontamination and infrastructure construction in the evacuation zone next week.

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