The Washington Post reported this morning:
Four out of six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were damaged beyond repair in Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, the chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday.
He said that reactors No. 5 and 6 at the plant can still operate, but “we have no choice but to scrap” reactors 1 through 4.
The chairman of TEPCO made the announcement because the CEO has been hospitalized:
Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said he is taking over daily operations at Tokyo Electric, which owns the crippled plant, because company President Masataka Shimizu has been hospitalized for an illness brought on by stress.
Shimizu, 66, has been largely silent since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sent the Daiichi plant on a path toward nuclear disaster. Officials said Wednesday that he was suffering from hypertension and dizziness.