Title: Machine fell into MOX spent-fuel pool: Tepco
Source: Kyodo via The Japan Times Online
A hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 plant last March sent a 35-ton machine plunging into the spent-fuel pool of reactor 3, which uses highly dangerous mixed oxide fuel, Tokyo Electric has reported.
[...] The No. 3 reactor is the only one at the crippled power station that was powered by the plutonium-uranium MOX.
Tepco released a photograph that appears to show part of the machine, which used to hang directly above the 11.8-meter-deep pool and was used to insert and remove fuel rods, resting on storage racks for the fuel rods. [...]
“We believe the machine fell into the pool when the explosion occurred, but we have not found any indication it damaged the pool’s walls and caused any leaks, or that it damaged the spent fuel” -Junichi Matsumoto, Tepco spokesman
Read the report here
Published: April 14th, 2012 at 11:11 am ET