Title: Tepco moves up nuclear salvage schedule for Fukushima fuel rods to 2014
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. [...]
Published: December 3rd, 2012 at 8:11 pm ET