Hosono visits Fukushima plant to quell fears over No. 4′s pool
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The pool, which is situated precariously above the reactor, is one of the plant’s biggest risks as it is filled with spent fuel rods that could get dumped out and combust if the building fails during an earthquake.
Akio Komori, one of the Tepco executives who escorted [environment and nuclear minister Goshi] Hosono, said the utility will inspect the No. 4 building to ensure its integrity while continuing with fuel removal. Komori, however, rejected growing calls to let outside experts to inspect the plant.
“As the party with direct responsibility, it’s our job to carry out the necessary checks,” he said.
Published: May 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am ET