UPDATE: No moving spent fuel at No. 4 until 2014 at earliest — Up to 10 years for removal of fuel from all pools — Reactor building to be demolished (VIDEO)

Published: April 17th, 2012 at 3:45 am ET


Title: Workers prepare No.4 pool for fuel removal
Source: NHK
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:17 +0900 (JST)

[…] Before the [No. 4 reactor building] can be demolished, more than 1,500 fuel rods have to be removed […]

On Tuesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company will begin attaching a special crane to take the fuel out of the pool and constructing a cover to prevent the spread of radioactive materials from the building. […]

Unlike the shroud that entirely covers the No. 1 reactor building, the structure will cover only the upper part of the pool […]

TEPCO will also install a filter to prevent the spread of radioactive materials.

The cover is expected to be completed by autumn next year. Spent nuclear fuel will then be removed […]

Watch the report here

Will this include any work on the weekends? See: [intlink id=”weekends-off-at-fukushima-not-one-plant-worker-could-be-seen-operational-equipment-lay-idle-a-cold-eerie-quietness-asahi-flyover” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

UPDATE via Wall Street Journal: “Tepco says it’s working to remove the fuel rods as fast as it can. If all goes according to its timetable, the utility could start taking the rods out in 2014. [Senator] Wyden points out, though, that the schedule allows up to ten years to get all the spent fuel in all the Fukushima reactor pools out”

Published: April 17th, 2012 at 3:45 am ET


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14 comments to UPDATE: No moving spent fuel at No. 4 until 2014 at earliest — Up to 10 years for removal of fuel from all pools — Reactor building to be demolished (VIDEO)

  • kintaman kintaman

    By then we will likely see the effects of the fallout on the people in the surrounding area of Japan. When this happens the people will become enraged and take action against the lying criminals running the show now.

    • kintaman kintaman

      I should have added that it will be far too late though. The damage is done and still being done.

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Now that my dog has ravaged my garbage can and spread the entire contents all over your yard and all over the entire neighborhood, just know that I will be duct taping the lid on next year to minimize the mess from spreading.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    tepco is in fantasy land. for starters, how do you remove (badly) damaged fuel rods? I think the proposed "cover" is actually to provide "cover" to keep away prying eyes. that is of course if there isn't a decent earthquake in the next couple of years and the whole lot & bundles tumbles. More lies and misdirections from tepco…….ho hum the damage is done.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I think the cover is to protect the fuel from rain and various weather events. Can you imagine what hail balls the size of baseballs or larger would do? I actually think it is a good thing they are covering the SFP although it does limit our view but anything major that happens will not be contained by polyester tents. IMHO

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I just hope it is strong enough to handle the wrath of Mother Nature for I'm sure she is not very happy with our species at this juncture.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    TEPCO dreams like little girls..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    TEPCO…pfffttt…Throw a tablecloth over a couple of kitchen chairs..and play house under it…
    Remove the spent fuel?
    Got a special scoop for corium ?
    No..no that's your sippy cup.

  • SteveMT

    Guess what Japan just did?: "PROVIDE" $50B to the IMF!
    <b>Japan Will Provide $60 Billion to Expand IMF’s Resources</b>
    By Mayumi Otsuma – Apr 17, 2012 2:34 AM MT

    Is the lack of money the reason for this delayed and prolonged time frame for the removal of this radioactive material? I don't think so.