Title: Cover on Fukushima reactor building to be demolished
Author: JIN NISHIKAWA
Date: May 10, 2013
[Tepco] will demolish and replace the makeshift canopy covering a badly damaged reactor building at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in order to remove rubble and radioactive material.
TEPCO, which announced the plan on May 9, said it will take about four years to complete a new cover for the No. 1 reactor building before removing fuel rods from the reactor’s pool.
Although the amount of radioactive substances released from the reactor into the air will increase between the time the current cover is removed and the new one is installed, TEPCO said that it will not likely have a significant impact on the exposure assessment. [...]
See also: Cover over Reactor No. 1 to be removed at Fukushima plant -- Radiation levels expected to rise
Published: May 10th, 2013 at 10:29 am ET
- “Cover over Reactor 1 is only cosmetic” — Built to keep webcam from filming badly damaged building — Has nothing to do with preventing radioactive materials from escaping June 13, 2012
- Tepco was concerned about high winds damaging Reactor No. 1 — Risk that cover “would spill over to the reactor building” — Only designed for winds of 56 mph April 4, 2012
- Cover over Reactor No. 1 to be removed at Fukushima plant — Radiation levels expected to rise May 9, 2013
- Bloomberg: Tepco cover over No. 1 reactor designed to withstand only 56 mph winds June 22, 2012
- AFP: ‘Fukushima reactor site engulfed by steam’ — Kyodo: ‘Something like steam’ coming from unknown source at Unit No. 3 — Tepco: ‘Continuously wafting through the air’ — Work to remove rubble suspended July 23, 2013