Situation stabilizing at crippled Japanese power plant

The NRC says containment intact at three of Fukushima Daiichi plant's reactors

By Matthew Daly
March 21, 2011 7:01PM (UTC)
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Japanese rescue workers prepare to sift through debris during a search in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Monday, March 21, 2011 following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast of Japan. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) (AP)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff says containment at three reactors at Japan's crippled nuclear complex is currently intact and the situation at the plant appears to be stabilizing.

The NRC met to get an update from staff on the ongoing crisis in Japan and devise a plan to meet President Barack Obama's call for a comprehensive safety review at the 104 U.S. nuclear reactors.


Bill Borchardt, the commission's executive director for operations, says that units 1, 2 and 3 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have some core damage but that containment for those three reactors is not currently breached.

He says the situation at the plant appear to be on the verge of stabilizing.

NRC staff is in Tokyo conferring with Japanese government and industry officials on the disaster.

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