Greenpeace worried about Japan nuke plant collapse impact

March 12th, 2011 - 11:49 am ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar. 12 (ANI): Environmental watchdog Greenpeace has expressed its condolences to victims of Friday’s 8.9 earthquake-cum-tsunami in northeastern Japan.

In a statement, Greenpeace said that it is deeply concerned about the potential safety and environmental impacts of both the earthquake and tsunami on Japanese nuclear installations, as well as other hazardous industries such as chemical or oil refineries.

According to media reports, twenty reactors at four power generation plants have been shut down, and so far no release of radiation has been reported.

Greenpeace said it is concerned about tsunami damage to nuclear installations such as the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which could affect reactor cooling systems and damage highly radioactive waste storage.

It warned that even if immediately shut down, the reactors require active cooling and large amounts of cooling water to avoid the risk of overheating and meltdown.

It said that it would continue to monitor what is clearly a rapidly unfolding situation.

“We hope that future investigations into the impacts on the nuclear installations, and how they affect the population and surrounding environment will be conducted independently and reported to the public,” it said. (ANI)

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