Subscription Only: Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool sound enough to store fuel: TEPCO
May 25, 2012
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Friday that its latest inspection has confirmed that the spent fuel pool of the No. 4 unit is not tilting and is capable of safely storing the nuclear fuel inside.
Concerns remain regarding the pool because it contains a large number of fuel assemblies and the outer wall of the building housing the reactor and the pool was severely damaged by a hydrogen explosion in the early days of the nuclear crisis.
Based on the inspection conducted between May 17 and 23, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the No. 4 unit building is not tilting as a whole, while cracks over 1 millimeter wide in the pool’s concrete structure were not found during visual checks.
Published: May 25th, 2012 at 11:17 am ET
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