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“Too many holes” in Fukushima reactors? May have to fill up suppression chambers with cement -Tepco

Published: March 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm ET
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Title: Flooding complicates clean-up at Japanese nuclear plant
Source: Reuters
By: James Topham and Mari Saito (Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Date: March 8, 2013

[...] Plugging leaks in the reactors and removing the water is a necessary before removing melted fuel from the three damaged reactors. [...]

“We are developing remote technologies to do that, but in case there are too many holes and it is difficult to repair all of them, we have to take a different approach,” [Shunichi Suzuki, Tepco's general manager for research and development of Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning] said.

The company may resort to pouring a cement-like material into the rectors’ [sic] suppression chambers to plug leaks it has not been able to locate, Suzuki said. [...]

“One approach we are considering is putting grout, like cement. In other words, filling it in.” -Shunichi Suzuki

See also from today: Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors -- Explosions cracked containment vessels?

Published: March 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm ET
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