Follow-up to: [intlink id="japan-times-many-experts-remain-alarmed-about-risk-unit-4-collapse-structure-strong-before-work-be-sped-10-years-remove-all-fuel-all-pools" type="post"] Japan Times: Many experts remain alarmed about risk of Unit 4 collapse — Structure not as strong as it was, work must be sped up[/intlink]
(Subscription Only) Title: TEPCO aims to end Fukushima No. 4 unit’s fuel removal in 2014
Date: Dec. 3, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government said Monday they will seek to take out all fuel assemblies inside the No. 4 unit of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by the end of 2014, a year earlier than initially planned.
The schedule was moved up amid lingering concerns over the condition of the unit that stores 1,533 fuel assemblies, the largest number among the four damaged units of the plant. The upper part of the unit’s building was severely damaged by a hydrogen explosion last year.
TEPCO plans to start taking out the fuel in mid-November 2013, one month earlier than initially scheduled, because the clearance of debris from the upper portion of the building went smoothly and it found it can skip some preparatory work deemed necessary earlier. [...]
Published: December 3rd, 2012 at 7:53 am ET
- UPI: Fukushima spent fuel pool a source of growing concern — Calls for more efforts to empty and secure Unit 4 continue in Japan and beyond May 23, 2012
- Asahi: Secret cable shows highest-ranking U.S. military officer ‘deeply concerned’ about Fukushima Unit 4 after 3/11 — Fuel pool “might be empty” and needed water from above February 7, 2013
- 220 Million Bq/liter of Cesium now in No. 2 Spent Fuel Pool — SFP No. 1, 2, & 3 “clearly have significant spent fuel damage” (VIDEO) August 28, 2011
- NRC March Email: “The walls of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool have collapsed, and there is no water in there” January 11, 2012
- 5 Weeks Later: Tepco begins checking fuel assemblies it removed from Unit 4 pool — Says no ‘major’ deformations so far August 27, 2012