Guardian, March 6, 2013: Although Tepco has managed to insert remote-controlled cameras into the damaged reactors’ outer vessels, it is still no closer to gauging the state of the damaged fuel – a prerequisite for removing it.
Reuters: So far, Tepco has only managed to insert remote controlled cameras, similar to endoscopes, into outer vessels of the reactors. The effort has obtained little useful data on the fuel debris, a vital first step before technology to remove it can be developed.
See also: Top Japan official: Very strong possibility there is nuclear fuel outside containment vessel (VIDEO)
Published: March 6th, 2013 at 12:57 pm ET
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- TV: Dam gates ‘shifted’ in Fukushima Unit 3 fuel pool — Damaged by massive piece of falling debris — Concern it could trigger drainage from pool — Tepco: It does not ‘appear’ to be leaking March 30, 2015
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