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Japan seeks to stabilize troubled nuclear plant

(Xinhua)

08:43, September 21, 2011

TOKYO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government and the operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Tuesday updated a plan to contain the ongoing nuclear crisis at the plant, seeking to achieve a cold shutdown by the end of this year.

The government originally state that it would work to achieve a cold shutdown of the plant's three reactors by mid-January.

Japanese nuclear authorities described this as a state in which the bottom of a pressure vessel in a reactor is held constant at 100 degrees Celsius or lower and radiation emissions are under control.

Tuesday's move was due to the steady progress made at the plant.

For an earlier stabilization, the operator plans to install new devices at the No.1, No.2 and No.3 reactors to reduce the amount of radioactive substances released into the environment.

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