Japan nuclear agency: TEPCO mulls lowering pressure in reactor

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:57 AM

(Reuters) - Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co is considering taking measures to lower the pressure in a container in the No.1 reactor of its quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant, a spokesman at the country's nuclear safety watchdog said on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said, however, that it was unknown whether radiation levels were high in the container, which is inside a turbine building. He declined to comment on how the pressure would be lowered and whether it would involve the release of radiation.

(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Edmund Klamann)