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Top US nuclear official in Japan: concerns over spent fuel at Fukushima plant were justified

The top U.S. nuclear official in Japan said Thursday that his team warned higher-ups that a spent fuel pool at a malfunctioning nuclear plant could be at risk of running dry, an issue that created a political controversy between U.S. officials and their Japanese counterparts.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Charles Casto was assigned to direct site operations for the U.S. government’s response to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant shortly after the accident last March. The plant was struck by a massive earthquake and a tsunami on March 11 that disabled its emergency cooling systems, leading to meltdowns, explosions and radioactive releases.

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