VIENNA (AP) -- A senior official at the U.N. nuclear agency is suggesting the worst may be over as far as radiation leaks at Japan's stricken reactor complex are concerned.
Denis Flory says he expects the total amount of radiation releases to be only a "small increase from what it is today" if "things go as foreseen." But Flory, a deputy director general at the International Atomic Energy Agency, emphasized Tuesday that he was estimating final radiation releases.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. projected in a road map made public over the weekend that it would take up to nine months to reach a cold shutdown of its Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. But government officials acknowledge that setbacks could slow the timeline.
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