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Japan Extended Reactor's Life, Despite Warning

Hiroko Tabuchi, Norimitsu Onishi, and Ken Belson | The New York Times

Chasma Reactor

Just a month before a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of Japan's nuclear crisis, government regulators approved a 10-year extension for the oldest of the six reactors at the power station despite warnings about its safety.     Full Article

Editor's Note:
The regulatory flaws discussed in this article are clearly of concern. However, until there is a full investigation into the Fukushima accident is it impossible to say whether these flaws contributed to the accident.

For more insight, see Carnegie's continuing coverage of the Fukushima reactor crisis and Reuter's latest update.   

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