TEPCO To Enshroud Reactor Unit 1

The Telegraph, in the UK, reports that TEPCO will begin work within two weeks on a steel-framed shroud to enclose Reactor Unit 1 at its disaster-plagued Fukushima Daiichi NPP.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will start the construction of a rigid steel frame over the No. 1 reactor on June 27, Yoshikazu Nagai, a spokesman for the company, said.

The frame, which is being put together off-site, will support polyester fibre panels that have been coated with a resin designed to prevent further radiation leaking into the atmosphere.

Eventually, Tepco plans to erect a concrete structure around the reactors, although it admits that will take several years to achieve.

Company officials admit they are not sure how effective the temporary cover may be in limiting emissions of radiation from the reactors and spent fuel pools, but it will at least prevent more rainwater entering the buildings and becoming contaminated with radiation, they said.

Given that last paragraph, one has to wonder whther the shroud is to keep in radiation or keep out prying eyes.

Read the rest of the story in The Telegraph.

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