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Tokyo (CNN) — Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant faced a difficult balancing act Tuesday as they struggled to keep reactors cool and prevent radioactive water from leaking into the ocean.

Water has been a key weapon in the battle to stave off a meltdown at the facility since a March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. But tons of water have been pumped and sprayed to keep the plant’s radioactive fuel from overheating, and the plant is running out of room to store the now-contaminated liquid.

“Now the focus is how to … remove the water and contain it safely,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, the government’s point man for the crisis, told reporters Tuesday.

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