Excerpts from Kahoku Shinpo article translated by EXSKF, Nov. 16, 2013: Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 1 has 70 fuel assemblies damaged before the March 11, 2011 disaster, a quarter of the total spent fuel [...] It was revealed on November 15 [...] Technologies to remove damaged fuel haven’t been established [...] According to TEPCO, these 70 fuel assemblies had series of problems including leakage of radioactive materials [...] There are three damaged fuel assemblies inside the Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool [...] Reactor 2 Spent Fuel Pool has three damaged [...] Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool has four, making the total of damaged fuel assemblies 80 [...]
Kyodo News, Nov. 18, 2013: TEPCO to start fuel removal from Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool [...] later Monday [...] to address one of the major hazards [...] the work will require careful attention so as not to result in another radiation-leaking incident.
ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Nov. 18, 2013: [...] The Japan Atomic Energy Commission has described Fukushima as an unprecedented, and deepening, crisis. [...] Host: One slip could result in monumental chain reaction. Are you nervous? Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki is currently a Vice Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission: “Yes, this this is one of the most difficult tasks, that they are going to start this week or next week. […] This is a challenging task, not a regular operation.”
Published: November 17th, 2013 at 5:45 pm ET