Japan nuke plant pool at or near boiling

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 5:45 AM by Brittany Rivas
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Tokyo, nuclear plant, Japan, earthquake, tsunami

TOKYO- A Japanese nuclear safety official says a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point.

The official tells reporters that the high temperatures in the spent fuel pool are believed to be the cause of steam that has wafted from Fukushima Dai-ichi's Unit 2 since Monday.

The hot storage pool is another complication in bringing the plant under control and ending a nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast.

If water in the pool bubbles away and exposes fuel rods, more radiation would be thrown off.

Workers pulled from the complex yesterday have resumed the work of hooking up electrical systems and trying to repair damaged but critical cooling units.

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