Tuesday, November 01, 2011


A Japanese official has drunk water collected from the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after reporters challenged him to prove it was safe.

Yasuhiro Sonoda appeared nervous and his hands shook as he downed a glass during a televised news conference. The water he drank was taken from puddles under two reactor buildings. It is decontaminated before being used for tasks such as watering plants.
The government has a target of the end of the year to bring the plant to a cold shutdown, when the reactors are stable and the water inside them is no longer boiling. However, a preliminary report by a panel of nuclear experts says fully decommissioning the power station could take 30 years.

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