Japan prime minister orders TEPCO to decommission Fukushima nuclear reactors

After a visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the shut down of all reactors to concentrate on urgent issues.

According to reports, Abe told Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to decommission the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors at the nuclear plant. The two reactors survived the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused three other reactors to melt down. A TEPCO official told Abe in the article that a decision on the two reactors would be made by the end of 2014.

Abe also said reported radioactive water that had been leaking from storage tanks into the Pacific Ocean had been contained and that he would counter rumors about the plant’s safety, the article said. The government reported earlier this month that it would give TEPCO $473 million to help stop the leaks and build an underground ice wall to block groundwater from leaking into basements at the plant.

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