Damaged nuclear fuel rod stuck in Japanese reactor for 17 years — Experts have been unable to remove it, no solution so far

Published: July 28th, 2011 at 3:23 pm ET
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Damaged Nuclear Fuel Rod Stuck At Japanese Plant for 17 Years, Fox Washington DC, July 28, 2011:

A damaged nuclear fuel rod was stuck inside a reactor at Japan’s ageing Hamaoka nuclear plant after an accident 17 years ago and is still there, the plant’s operator said Thursday.

The operator, Chubu Electric Power Co., said experts were unable to remove the spent fuel rod from the plant, located 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, Kyodo News reported. […]

The company sought help from domestic and foreign experts on how to safely extract it, but no solution was found so far. […]

Published: July 28th, 2011 at 3:23 pm ET
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5 comments to Damaged nuclear fuel rod stuck in Japanese reactor for 17 years — Experts have been unable to remove it, no solution so far

  • Jon_NY Jon_NY

    This from an article in Mainichi Daily News

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110728p2g00m0dm100000c.html

    While spent nuclear fuel is normally sent to the reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture or elsewhere, the damaged rod remains inside the fuel pool of the plant’s now decommissioned No. 1 reactor, in a special container, it said.

    The company said it had asked domestic research organizations and foreign nuclear fuel firms to take it but to no avail, and is still pondering how to get the rod outside in the absence of clear government rules on how to dispose of damaged fuel that requires more delicate handling.

    Let’s hope none of the fuel rods in the spent fuel pools at Fuku are damaged. LOL

  • another lesson not learned from the dangers of nuclear power.

  • jtb

    “Experts.”

  • odylan

    Big problem. They’ve tried a few times. It’s f*****.