Radioactive steam could continue to be released .....

Radioactive steam could continue to be released from reactors at Fukushima Daiichi for "weeks or even months", the New York Times is reporting.

The newspaper says reactor operators "now have little choice but to periodically release radioactive steam as part of an emergency cooling process for the fuel of the stricken reactors that may continue for a year or more even after fission has stopped".

The head of the Swiss federal energy department, Doris Leuthard, said she has decided to suspend the plans because "safety has absolute priority." She says she has instructed the government to study what caused the Japanese explosions in the wake of Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.


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