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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:27 PM

Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima's melted reactor begins

Source: AP

TOKYO (AP) ó The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday that workers started removing the first of 566 used and unused fuel units stored in the pool at Unit 3. The fuel units in the pool located high up in reactor buildings are intact despite the disaster, but the pools are not enclosed so removing the units to safer ground is crucial to avoid disaster in case of another major quake.

TEPCO says the removal at Unit 3 would take two years, followed by the two other reactors.

The step comes ahead of the real challenge of removing melted fuel from inside the reactors, but details of how that might be done are still largely unknown. Removing the fuel in the cooling pools was delayed five years by mishaps, high radiation and radioactive debris from an explosion that occurred at the time of the reactor meltdown, underscoring the difficulties that remain.



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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:07 PM

1. Not possible

I'm sure Arnie Gunderson told us that there was a prompt critical explosion in the spent fuel pool of #3. There can't be any fuel there to remove. It's scattered all across Japan.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:36 PM

2. Fukushima is an outstanding example of Murphy's Law. ...

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Response to spin (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 12:27 AM

3. Oh yeah. And we experience it every day.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 03:05 AM

4. Such an endless nightmare. Ugh.

I canít imagine being involved in that cleanup.

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