Jacob Chamberlain
Common Dreams
April 23, 2013

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant must get its act together and stabilize the plant’s “essential systems,” the International Atomic Energy Agency urged on Monday, saying that it will likely take more time than the 40 years to properly decommission the site.

The prepared statements from the IAEA were released just hours after Fukushima operator TEPCO said it had switched off a reactor cooling systemafter discovering two dead rats near critical equipment—the third time in five weeks that cooling equipment at the site has gone off-line because of rodents.

In addition, the site has experienced a series of incidents in recent months, including multiple leaks of radioactive water and power outages within the plant’s struggling cooling systems.

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