Tokyo Electric Power Co. released this new video documenting recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Tuesday.Developments this week at the power station severely damaged following Japan’s March 11 earthquake include:Typhoon’s Impact Minor at PlantA typhoon in Japan Thursday that killed at least 16 people did not worsen the situation at the plant. TEPCO reported that several surveillance cameras were damaged, but that it does not believe radioactive water or other material reached the environment because of the storm.More Air Filters, Shield ReadiedTEPCO will soon install additional air filtration equipment to reduce dose rates inside units 1 through 3, the Nuclear Energy Institute reported. TEPCO also updated the estimated completion date for a barrier under construction around unit 1 to separate the reactor building from the environment. It is should be completed by mid-October.Japanese Prime Minister Addresses UNSpeaking at the United Nations Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterated his confidence that the Fukushima crisis will be brought under control in the coming months, and that the country’s other idled nuclear plants will be brought back online.Noda said Japan would eventually disclose all information related to Fukushima Daiichi so the international community can learn from the accident. He also said Japanese firms will continue to export nuclear power technology to countries seeking to build reactors, Kyodo news reported.As for the nuclear plants in his own country, Noda said Japan’s idled reactors will return to service by next summer. Facing local political opposition, only a quarter of the plants came back online following the earthquake and nuclear crisis, and the country will face severe electricity shortages without their generation.
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