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Japan nuclear plant starts pumping radioactive water

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TOKYO (WKOW) -- The operator of Japan's disabled nuclear plant has started pumping highly radioactive water from the basement of one reactor's turbine building to a temporary storage area. It's believed to be a key step in stabilizing the complex.

Removal of the 25,000 tons of contaminated water gathered in the basement of Fukushima Dai-ichi's Unit 2 will allow workers to access and begin effort to restore vital cooling systems.

The systems were impaired during the March 11 tsunami that left more than 27,000 people dead or missing.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. predicted in a plan released during the weekend that it would take up to nine months to reach a cold shutdown of the plant.

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