Tepco checks for cracks in Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — Now says reactor building not tilting “as a whole”

Published: May 25th, 2012 at 11:17 am ET
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Subscription Only: Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool sound enough to store fuel: TEPCO
Kyodo News
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.

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Published: May 25th, 2012 at 11:17 am ET
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