Title: Debris removal inching along at Fukushima nuclear plant
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun
Date: Sep. 12, 2012
Debris removal is progressing slowly at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to photos released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. 1-1/2 years after the nuclear crisis began.
TEPCO is having difficulty removing debris in and around the No. 3 reactor building, which was destroyed by a hydrogen explosion on March 14, 2011, due to high levels of radiation around the building.
Steel platforms, where unmanned heavy equipment for debris removal will be installed, have been mostly completed on the eastern and western sides of the No. 3 reactor building. TEPCO also plans to construct platforms on the building’s northern and southern sides.
TEPCO expects to finish debris removal within this fiscal year and start removing nuclear fuel from the fuel storage pool at the end of 2014.
Published: September 11th, 2012 at 6:23 pm ET
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