Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Japan Vows to Keep Dousing Plant as Pools Threaten Sea - WSJ.com

Japan Vows to Keep Dousing Plant as Pools Threaten Sea - WSJ.com: "TOKYO—Japanese authorities vowed Tuesday to continue using water for the critical task of cooling reactors at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant—even as they raced for ways to keep the radioactive runoff from the process from spilling into the ocean. Plutonium was found in soil samples from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, signaling that a reactor core may have partly melted. WSJ's Phred Dvorak and Yumiko Ono discuss the latest disclosures by the government. Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant are battling to keep pools of radioactive water from flooding into the ocean. Meanwhile, small amounts of plutonium have been found in the soil around the plant. WSJ's Mariko Sanchanta and Yumiko Ono discuss.Separately, government and utility officials continued to hunt for additional signs of plutonium isotopes at the site, as well as their source. While levels disclosed Monday are low and not harmful to human health, they could provide an indication of the severity of damage at the plant depending on their origin"