The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a statement that the plant’s safety has been compromised, citing the “unacceptable risk of nuclear accident.”
In a statement released on Wednesday, the agency said the plant is still in a safe zone, but it does not know how long it will take for the plant to reopen.
Nuclear accident prevention experts say there is no way to ensure that the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will not be contaminated with radioactive material for at least the next five to 10 years, with the current situation only a few months old.
In addition to the plant being in a closed-off zone, the NRC says the reactors are also exposed to the same level of radiation as the surrounding surrounding areas.
While the agency does not specify the source of the problem, it does say the reactor’s cooling system and fuel assemblies were not properly stored or inspected, which may have allowed the material to seep into the building.
Experts say the only way to avoid the risk of a nuclear accident is to store the nuclear fuel and cooling systems as well as prevent them from leaking.
The agency’s statement says it is working with regulators, companies, and communities to ensure safety and clean up for the residents and workers who live in and work in the area.