Damaged Japanese nuclear plant creates plan to shut down reactors

The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Sunday that it has created a plan that will stabilize reactors at the nuclear power plants damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami by the beginning of next year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the plan will stabilize 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and bring them into a state called a "cold shutdown."
The two-part plan will also improve safety conditions at the plant amid the struggles to cool reactors, the New York Times reports.
The Los Angeles Times reports that since March 11 explosions in the plant have released dangerous radioactive isotopes into the air, soil and water.
According to the New York Times, part one of the timetable plans to install a cooling system to lower the reactors' temperatures and reduce radiation in the surrounding area.
The second part of the plan will bring reactors into a stable shutdown state and will allow workers to eventually deactivate the reactors, the Los Angeles Times reports.