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Clearing the air at Fukushima

December 7, 2011
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The monumental efforts to contain and close Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant took another bad turn this weekend when Tokyo Electric Power Company disclosed that a new water circulation system, intended to cool the reactors that were crippled by the March tsunami, was leaking. Since Japan’s nuclear crisis last spring, Tepco the company has repeatedly minimized the impact of radiation releases, and thus its own responsibility for a disaster that isn’t completely over.

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