Tepco injects nitrogen into No. 3 reactor

From Japan times online – Friday, July 15th, 2011

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday began injecting nitrogen into the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant’s reactor 3 to reduce the risk of further hydrogen explosions, a significant step forward in the effort to contain the nuclear crisis that started March 11. ¬†The outlook is for the¬†Fukushima plant to be on target for January cold shutdown.

If successful, Tepco will complete its goal of injecting the inert gas into all three crippled reactors by mid-July, indicating that bringing the crisis under control is basically on track. Tepco has already started operating a new system to circulate water around the three reactors to cool the nuclear fuel inside.

Under a road map outlined by Tepco and the government, stabilizing the crippled reactors by mid-July is the first step toward achieving a cold shutdown by January at the latest.

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