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Fukushima Declared To Be In “Cold Shutdown”

The Fukushima disaster has been a nine-month-long nightmare for Japan, which has seen radioactive contamination of everything from rice to mushrooms. Today, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has reached cold shutdown–meaning the reactors are stable and the cooling systems are below 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be at least four decades before Japan is able to completely take apart the crippled Fukushima plant.

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The Fukushima disaster has been a nine-month-long nightmare for Japan, which has seen radioactive contamination of everything from rice to mushrooms. Today, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has reached cold shutdown–meaning the reactors are stable and the cooling systems are below 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be at least four decades before Japan is able to completely take apart the crippled Fukushima plant.

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more

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