CBS News, Jan. 27, 2014 at 7:07p ET:
CBS: I’ve read an analogy that this is like removing a cigarette from a crushed pack.
TEPCO: Take that analogy and imagine that it’s like the cigarette in that box is lit.
CBS: So you’re saying it’s even more difficult than that?
TEPCO: I think so.
CBS: Ono told us they have removed 15 percent of the fuel from Reactor 4. But it will be far more difficult to retrieve fuel from three reactors that melted down. Those are so radioactive that the technology to dismantle them does not exist yet.
See also: Gundersen: Spent fuel likely to break when pulled from Fukushima Unit 4 pool -- Racks have been distorted; Fuel rods overheated -- Suspects some will be stuck there for long, long time (AUDIO)
Published: January 27th, 2014 at 8:35 pm ET
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