Japan nuke crews` conditions improving: Utility

The utility that runs Japan`s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant says conditions for thousands of workers there have improved significantly.

Naraha: The utility that runs Japan`s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant says conditions for thousands of workers there have improved significantly. Tokyo Electric Power Co opened the workers` main staging area to the media for the first time.

The workers` safety has been a concern since March 11, when the plant was devastated by a huge tsunami that touched off meltdowns and explosions. At one point, radiation leaks forced all but a few dozen of the Fukushima Daiichi plant`s workers — dubbed the Fukushima 50 — to evacuate.

Work inside the facility continues to be extremely risky.
But officials said on Friday that the plant has stabilised enough to allow 3,300 workers in daily. They have restored cooling systems to keep reactors at a fairly low, constant temperature.

Bureau Report

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