March 30th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Crippled Japanese plant's reactors to be decommissioned, chief says

CNN Wire Staff

Tokyo (CNN) - The chairman of the Japanese company that owns the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Wednesday it has no choice but to decommission four of the plant's six reactors.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., made the comment in a news conference as workers struggled to keep the reactors cool and prevent the further spread of radiation from the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken plant.

"Looking at current conditions, I have to say there are no options other than decommissioning reactors 1-4," Katsumata said.

He also said he is aware the Japanese government is considering nationalizing the company in the wake of the disaster, but "we want to make every effort to stay a private company."

Radioactive iodine at more than 3,000 times the regulatory limit has been found in ocean water near the plant, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

Monitoring data collected Tuesday afternoon detected the I-131 isotope at 3,355 times the regulatory limit, the agency said. The sample was taken 330 meters (1,080 feet) away from one of the plant's discharge points, the agency said.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Michael

    I have been looking for weeks as things unfold in Japan. I know 100% that there is 2 melt downs. And I would only say maybe 3. I know it to all are best interest to not say to much about it. But to think that we are blind is wrong.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  2. Chris

    thank you for expanding your coverage of the nuclear crisis in japan, if you could pass the word on to the other people at cnn it would be greatly appreciated

    March 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  3. Kyle

    There are people who can clean up oil spills in the gulf but who is working on cleaning up radiation spills?

    The workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are heroes. My other concern is their lack of sleep.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  4. Paul

    Hey AC, been watching you since "Channel 1" (1995)...

    ??? 4385 times the Legal limit or LETHAL limit?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  5. Kyle

    Good evening Anderson. Glad you are keeping it real.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  6. Allan LeTourneau

    Isn’t it overdue for Japan’s nuclear power company (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) to quit trying to salvage their nuclear reactors and bury them? Are they waiting ‘till Japan is uninhabitable and millions die? Until a continuous cloud of nuclear contamination circles the world?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  7. Paul Clements

    Anderson, where is Dupont and 3M? I work at a D.O.E site (Hanford) and there is more radiological protective equipment than they know what to do with. If Japan needs more radiological protective gear, why hasn't an American company like 3M or Dupont stepped up and literally sent them a boat load?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  8. William Miller

    The four reactors were decommissioned the first day. Why are they planning to resurrect the other two? Do they really think those are safer than the others? Why are we surprised by the daily news reports saying the problem is getting worse? Of course it's worse and will continue to be that way until it is isolated from the environment. That is the nature of radiation, it persists and gets worse as long as you add more to it.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  9. Roger

    Why isn't the U.S. government tightly involved in stopping the radiation leaking. We send our warships to Lybia but ignore a severe threat to our global food supply. We can mobilize for war but cannot mobilize to save our planet!

    March 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    No surprise that those reactors must be decommissioned, I expected that all the reactors would be decommissioned due to damage from the earthquake and tsunami. That might be the safest thing to do long term.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  11. morris wise

    Radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would be tragically dangerous if mens briefs were contaminated. It would effect the rapidly dividing cells that produce sperm, and decrease the wearers sperm count dramatically. In some instances those cells will not recover, but in most cases they will return to normal in two years. But only if the wearer changes his contaminated briefs shortly after exposure.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Jerry Reyes

    Concerning the continuing nuclear fallout throughout the Asian region, to include Southern Asian nations and Eastern China territory, there is much to be concerned within two, maybe three mutation generations of recent epidemic breakouts of Avian Influenza virus strains. The diminutive amounts of nuclear aerial waste release has surely infected crops, seeds, insects and the sort, which is the food source for bird life in the region. Sufficient toxicity has spread for the final mutation stages of a true pandemic this time.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm |