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Work starts again at Daini plant

January 28, 2015

Work partly resumes at Daini nuclear plant



Jan. 28, 2015 - Updated 12:08 UTC+1


Work at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan has partly restarted. Tokyo Electric Power Company suspended most activity at the Daiichi and Daini complexes earlier this month after a series of fatal accidents.

Both plants are in Fukushima Prefecture. The Daiichi complex suffered meltdown after the March 11th 2011 earthquake and tsunami but the Daini plant did not.

On January 19th of this year a worker in his 50s died after falling off the roof of a 10-meter high rainwater tank at Daiichi.

On the following day, a Daini worker in his 40s died after being stuck in the head by large equipment he was using.
The accidents forced Tokyo Electric to halt most of the work at the 2 complexes and conduct safety inspections. But operations to address radioactive wastewater have continued.

On Wednesday, 2 of the roughly 250 operations restarted at the Daini plant. These involve checking a crane at the No.1 reactor building and cleaning equipment that measures the density of radioactive substances in cooling water.

Tokyo Electric officials say they will resume other types of work at the plant after the company ascertains they are safe.

The officials add safety inspections at the Daiichi plant will continue at least throughout this week. Work at the complex is expected to resume next week, or later.



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