Title: Debris Removal from the Upper Part of Unit 3 Reactor Building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station [Removal of the Debris Under Water]
Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company
Date: November 9, 2012
In order to improve the visibility of Unit 3 spent fuel pool, the cooling pump has been suspended since November 6, 2012. As a result of visibility evaluation, the visible distance* remained to be approx. 2.5m.
In prior to removing the steel beam which fell into the spent fuel pool on September 22, 2012, liner curing of the pool will be implemented in mid November once the preparation is complete.
The underwater debris removal is planned to be carried out in late November to early December after a mockup test based on the visibility evaluation result.
* Distance from the water surface which can be visually confirmed
Watch: Japan TV: Steel beam found next to fuel rod assemblies in Fukushima fuel pool -- Tepco raises possibility of damage (VIDEO)
Published: November 9th, 2012 at 4:52 pm ET
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