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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Hidehiko Nishiyama
Workers stopped a highly radioactive leak into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's flooded nuclear complex Wednesday, but with the plant far from stabilized, engineers prepared an injection of nitrogen to deter any new hydrogen explosions.
Mounting problems, including badly miscalculated radiation figures and inadequate storage tanks for huge amounts of contaminated water, stymied emergency workers Sunday as they struggled to nudge Japan's stricken nuclear complex back from the edge of disaster.
Japan's government revealed a series of missteps by the operator of a radiation-leaking nuclear plant on Saturday, including sending workers in without protective footwear in its faltering efforts to control a monumental crisis.
Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan's leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing hardly will be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job that is anything but a quick fix.
Nuclear Industry and Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama said officials suspect that not all of the cooling water may be entering the pressure container as intended.
"Our thinking up to now was that safety will be maintained by the same group that both promotes and regulates the industry," Nishiyama said.