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
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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: Weekends off at Fukushima: Not one plant worker could be seen says Asahi -- Operational equipment lay idle -- A cold eerie quietness

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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