Nuclear Agency To Shed Light On Impact Of Japan’s Radioactive Leakage

Posted on March 13, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) — The nuclear agency in the Prime Minister’ Department, Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, will shed light on the impact of an explosion and radioactive leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant, Japan.

Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the people should wait for the corporation’s explanation and should not make any speculation on the possibility that the radioactive dust could spread to other countries.

“I believe that the agency will provide adequate information on what is happening in Japan. Besides the Japanese government, the International Atomic Energy Agency is keeping tabs on the situation due to the seriousness of the matter.

“Neighbouring countries, particularly China and Russia as well as the United States want to know what is happening in Japan. Let us wait, do not speculate,” he told reporters after launching the Green Community Carnival 2011 at the Titiwangsa Lake Garden here Sunday.

Almost 24 hours after an earthquake and devastating tsunami, Japan was again struck when one reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Corporation exploded yesterday.

The reactor, which is enveloped by 15.4cm stainless steel, was not destroyed, but the building housing the reactor was badly damaged.

However, the extent of the ongoing danger from radioactive debris spreading to other countries is still unknown.

On Malaysia plan’s to build nuclear power plant to generate electricity, he said Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation had opened a tender to conduct a study on its location, suitability and safety of the location, type of technology and public acceptance on the proposal to international consultants.

“All these will be considered before we make the final decision. This is a long-term plan, if we specify that we will construct a nuclear power plant by 2021, then we have another 10 years.

“So we have time to carry out a thorough study, it will take time to conduct such study and the government will not do it secretly without informing the public,” he said.

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