Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Power restored to Japanese reactor's control room

Technicians restored power to the control room of the No. 3 reactor at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the station's owner reported late Tuesday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it confirmed that the power was on by turning on the control room's lights. The next step, the company said, is to get air conditioning in the room so workers can enter and work there.

The No. 3 reactor has been a priority for authorities trying to contain damage to the plant and stave off a possible meltdown. Its fuel includes a small percentage of plutonium mixed with the uranium in its fuel rods, which experts say could cause more harm than regular uranium fuels in the event of a meltdown.

Source: CNN

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