Fukushima Daiichi Reactors to Be Decommissioned
Fukushima Daiichi Reactors 1-4 'Never to Be Used Again'
Fukushima Daiichi's stricken reactors will be decommissioned, as they are too badly damaged to be safely used again. First, though, they must be brought under control.
In what will be widely described as a major understatement, Tepco chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata announced the move, saying "I would like to offer my sincerest apology for causing grave concern."
Tsunehisa Katsumata also told assembled press that it would be "several weeks" before those evacuated from the area surrounding Fukushima Daiichi would be able to return home; unaddressed as how that area would be safe enough to be habitable in such a short period of time.
Indeed, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that there was no end in sight for the Fukushima Daiichi disaster: while electricity has been partially restored to the stricken nuclear power plant, radioactive particles are still leaking.
Cleanup crews are considering containment methods beyond the dumping of seawater, including giant tarps to capture airborne isotopes. Meanwhile, Tepco may need a government bailout.
Katsumata is currently running Tepco, since Masataka Shimizu, Tepco's president, was hospitalized due to stress over the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. There are hundreds of Tepco employees in far worse shape.