Title: Fukushima plant steps closer to fuel-rod removal
Author: Malcolm Foster
Date: June 12, 2103
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[...] journalists [were] given a tour of the plant Wednesday [...]
TEPCO showed off a massive, nearly complete steel structure designed to help workers extract more than 1,500 fuel rods from a damaged reactor building — Unit 4 — at the center of international concerns.
[...] The rods will be transferred to a joint cooling pool inside a nearby lower building.
After that project is completed, TEPCO will turn its attention to removing the melted fuel from the reactors of Units 1, 2 and 3. The company still isn’t sure exactly where the fuel has fallen inside the reactors because radiation levels remain dangerously high inside the buildings. [...]
See also: Asahi: Locations and condition of melted Fukushima fuel unknown -- Mainichi: 450 tons of scattered radioactive rods... unknown where holes in reactors are... plans may be delayed
Published: June 12th, 2013 at 5:31 pm ET
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- Reuters: Fukushima fuel melted through containment vessels and is “spewing radiation” — Nuke Expert: Fuel has “scattered all over the place” — Gov’t: Fuel may have burned out into environment — Tepco Official: Fuel could have flowed out “like lava in a volcano” (VIDEOS) March 15, 2016
- “Unimaginable”: Record high radiation levels at Fukushima plant — “Gaping hole” found under containment vessel — Officials now admit: “It’s highly possible melted fuel leaked through” — Concern over radioactive gas leaks (PICS & VIDEO) February 2, 2017
- Japan TV ‘News Flash’: Officials fear melted reactor fuel is now exposed at Fukushima — Tepco: We don’t know at this point if fuel is uncovered — Large drop in water level — Experts ‘struggling’ to find condition of nuclear cores, nothing is known for all 3 reactors (VIDEO) June 10, 2014
- Translated Tepco Testimony: “The moment I entered the reactor building, the soles of my shoes melted” — Very high levels of radiation and temperature November 16, 2011