The Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has a plan in hand to end the nuclear crisis at its Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power plant. However, TEPCO said in a news release that it could take up to nine months to stabilize the facility.
Over the weekend, a pair of robots was sent into areas that house some of the nuclear reactors. It’s the first look crews have had from the inside since the tsunami and earthquake ripped Da-ichi apart.
Data collected from the robots confirmed that the levels of radiation are still much too high for workers to enter.
“It’s a harsh environment for humans to work inside, said Hidehiko Nishiyama with Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
There is still so much frustration to go around, and clearly not enough people have faith in Tokyo Electric to deliver on its promise to end the crisis.
Members of Japan’s Parliament tore into Prime Minister Naoto Kan and representatives from TEPCO.
Masashi Waki, a member of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party was quoted as telling Kan, “you should be bowing your head in apology.”
Kan responded, “I am sincerely apologizing for what has happened.”
TEPCO says it expected the buildings to register high levels of radiation, but representatives said that would not delay its timetable for a cold shutdown.
“Even I expected high radioactivity in those areas. I am sure TEPCO and other experts have factored in those figures when the completed the roadmap,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.
The American made robots that toured the facility along with remote controlled miniature helicopters are equipped to take pictures along with measuring the readings of such things as radiation.
(The video attached to this RTC story shows some of the initial pictures photographed from robots on the inside.)
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