Kyodo: Concern about condition of Fukushima Unit 4 — Fuel rods may get dumped onto ground and burn up in quake — Tepco ‘hastening’ removal

Published: December 3rd, 2012 at 8:11 pm ET


Title: Tepco moves up nuclear salvage schedule for Fukushima fuel rods to 2014
Source: Kyodo
Date: Dec. 4, 2012

Tepco moves up nuclear salvage schedule for Fukushima fuel rods to 2014

[…] The schedule was moved up by a year amid lingering concerns about the condition of the unit […]

The upper part of the building housing reactor 4 was severely damaged by a hydrogen explosion caused by the meltdowns, sparking concern the remaining structure might collapse in another big quake and dump the pool and its rods onto the ground.

The fuel rods, exposed to the air, might then burn up and release massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. Some experts dispute this possibility. […]

To hasten the process, the utility plans to use two containers instead of one as earlier planned to transport the assemblies to a so-called common pool in a different building at the site. This is expected to provide more stable conditions for keeping the fuel cool. […]

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Published: December 3rd, 2012 at 8:11 pm ET


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19 comments to Kyodo: Concern about condition of Fukushima Unit 4 — Fuel rods may get dumped onto ground and burn up in quake — Tepco ‘hastening’ removal

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    More like.. 'hastening' the lies.

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      100% true. They (TEPCO) and all of us wish, but there is jack shit they can do to remove broken and burned fuel rods from that f'ing mess.

  • I do not quite understand what's doing in this 4 reactor. Surely there was apparently a fuel, it is only in the pool, the fastest and safest way would be if the latest fuel from the pool (most in need of cooling) to move back to the reactor, which is much more secure than the building of a swimming pool. He worked to the reactor as a fairly strong pool to keep the most recent fuel …
    Besides, a lot more worried about the 3 block, because it's a miracle to me that in the pool there is still water … gently but quickly as possible you need to disassemble it, because it allows you to protect this very dangerous, which is there.
    I think that a possible earthquake, the threat would be freshest in 3 Building …

  • dosdos dosdos

    As in all the spent fuel pools at Daiichi, there is damage. It's not a matter of simply moving the rods as when the facility was undamaged. The structure was altered, as were the racks in the pool and reactor and the crane for moving them. They are moving them with a construction crane, which is far more susceptible to wind and vibration. The idea is to create a new custom crane built into the not yet existing support structure within the next two years. I am assuming that they are speeding up the plans to build the new crane/support.

    • apostrophes

      One would have thought so, but it seems so far there aren't even foundation works for the "building-over-building-4". They have had plenty of time to start this.

      To have abandoned the idea without telling anyone would fit well with the missing 100ft deep cut-off wall.

      Maybe they really do intend to pull the stuff out with a crane like they did in the recent "demonstration", but I've no idea how they could do that AND keep the hot rods under the required amount of water for rad-protection at the same time.

      It remains a mystery to me.

  • razzz razzz

    I am afraid that the Unit 3 SFP already did what they fear Unir 4 SFP might do. Maybe 3's SFP was on fire and the explosion not only put the fire out but sent fuel assemblies flying. What's worse, nuclear fuel on fire or laying on the ground around the site?

    It wasn't just hydrogen collecting in the buildings before exploding, all the other nuclear poisons were mixing in and sent skyward during the explosions.

    TEPCO was working on the reactor in Unit 4 doing a shroud replacement so the racks to hold any fuel assemblies may not be in place.

    • Sickputer

      razzz sez…"racks might not be in place [in RCV (reactor containment vessel) Unit 3].

      SP: Besides the heat distortion of assemblies from fires and explosions that may make removal virtually impossible there is also a big size mismatch to try and utilize the RCV.

      The RCV can hold about 1/10th (25,000) of the (217,000) total rods in the Unit 4 spent fuel pond.

      7-18-2012 SP post:

      "The fuel rod assemblies (which is what they refer to when they say they are removing two) contain 63 skinny nuclear rods about 12.5 feet in length and packed with bullet-sized nuclear pellets. Tthe assembly has an 8 by 8 hole array and I don't know why one hole is left unfilled (patb ?).

      The 63-rod assemblies are inserted into the much bigger core assembly that holds 400 of these smaller assemblies. That's about 25,000 nuclear rods. Over time the 63-rod assemblies are reshuffled in the core to achieve more efficient fission. In time they lose the desired efficiency and are pulled from the big core assembly and "retired" to the nearby spent fuel pond.

      Because they now have much more radiation leakage they can't be removed from deep water for years.
      They built up until the pond holds the current estimated 3,450 fuel assemblies (217,000 rods). That's just in Unit 4's spent fuel pond."

  • Jebus Jebus

    I think possibly there is the off chance that maybe reactor #3 itself could have been damaged a slight bit…
    Maybe even a little radiation got out too!

  • razzz razzz

    All (3) reactors that exploded were damaged and venting themselves through any weak points i.e. cracked piped, cracked vessels and most assuredly through blown gaskets at the reactor vessels lids and the containment vessels lids. Like teapots.

    SFPs boiling off would just add to the pressure build up and fallout release.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nuclear Power; EXPENSIVE, Dirty, Dangerous And Toxic; via A Green Road

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  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Going on three years now. Guess don't know what "hastening" means. Is it something like starting?

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Mans mind is such that the ocean is an infinite toilet; out of sight out of mind.

    Is there any doubt these low minded psychopaths would dump their poison (nuclear waste) in the sea, if they could get away with it? Having dumped now a great deal, it must be euphorically obvious that they can get away with it. The more thoughtful of them will be eying the subduction zones.

    between 1946 and 1982, 63 PBq of radioactive waste has been disposed of at sea. (not counting that not counted)

    the London Convention places prohibitions on disposing of radioactive materials at sea. It remains in force until 2018, after which the sub-seabed disposal option can be revisited at 25-year intervals.

    A little ironic that mother nature produced an ape so horrific it proved her own undoing. Reminds me a little of the Lord of the Rings where mentally retarded Orcs came from the middle earth; the uranium from underground will produce deformed and retarded future generations. Popular names will be Gorbag, Lug and Orcobal

    • Anthony Anthony

      Another tsunami at Fukushima would leave no choice of whether they go into the ocean.

    • Yes, a lot of the psycopathic stuff is done in the name of "safety":

      Feds covering security flaws with Fukushima-like potential, nuclear whistleblowers claim

      Published: 04 December, 2012, 22:37

      Two nuclear power whistleblowers have publicly accused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of taking steps to cover up dangerous shortcomings at American power plants, including severe flood risks facing nuclear power plants downstream from large dams.


      After realizing that some details regarding the dangerous flood threat were withheld for years at the expense of public security, Perkins and Criscione felt the need to tell someone.


      NRC officials claim they sometimes withhold information to promote safety – to keep the information from falling into the hands of terrorists, for example."

      Yes, we know who the terrorists are. They are the ones who build dual-use nuclear power plants and lie to cover it up.

      • psy·cho·path/ˈsīkəˌpaTH/
        A person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.

        a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.

        Then, they must be worth than psycopaths, since they're not only failing to learn from experience, they're trying to continue and amplify the behaviour for their own monetary gain at the expense of millions of people, plants and animals worldwide.