Japan Nuke Reactor to Be Sealed in Concrete

Friday, 17 Jun 2011 09:27 AM

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The owner of Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant plans to construct a barrier around one of its reactors that The Telegraph in London describes as a “concrete sarcophagus.” The structure, to contain radiation resulting from the plant's meltdown after the deadly earthquake and tsunami in March,  will be similar to the one built around the reactors at Russia’s Chernobyl plant in 1986.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. will begin construction on June 27, using remote-controlled equipment in order to protect workers. The structure will be outfitted with filters that clean the air inside, allowing workers to enter the facility.

The company is expected to do the same with the other reactors if this move proves effective, the Telegraph reports.

The Japanese government also approved a bailout that could help save the company from collapse in the face of its estimated $100 billion bill stemming from the Fukushima meltdown in March. Shares in the company rose after the announcement. Under terms of the bailout, the government will become the company’s temporary manager.

The bailout still faces major criticism and political obstacles.

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