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Japan:TEPCO says no damage to spent fuel at Fukushima

Friday, February 10, 2012

Laaska News Feb. 10, 2012

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has found no damage to spent fuel rods that will be the first to be removed from the plant’s reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company on Friday released video of the storage pool at the No.4 reactor building taken by an underwater camera the previous day.

The utility says the footage shows debris fell onto the rack containing the fuel rods but apparently caused no damage. Visibility in the pool is reportedly about 5 meters.

Tokyo Electric aims to start removing more than 1,500 rods from the pool next year as the first step in a 40-year plan for decommissioning the plant.

The No.4 reactor was offline and had no active fuel when a powerful earthquake and tsunami disabled the plant on March 11th last year.

But a hydrogen explosion blew off the reactor’s roof and sent wreckage into the pool, making it difficult to assess conditions inside.


Laaska News.