NRC says not clear that Japan reactor has melted vessel

Wed Apr 6, 2011 3:00pm GMT
 

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - A top official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday it was not clear that Japan's Fukushima No. 2 nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel.

Earlier, Democratic lawmaker Edward Markey told a House of Representatives hearing on the nuclear disaster that the NRC had told him the core had melted through the vessel.

"That's not clear to us, nor is it clear to us that the reactor has penetrated the vessel," said Martin Virgilio, deputy executive director for reactor and preparedness programs at the NRC. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe)

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