Removal Of Spent Fuel In Units 3 & 4 Made A Priority

No additional details are given such as how the fuel will be removed or how quickly. TEPCO has announced that the removal has become a priority on the next phase of work.
Having TEPCO recognize the urgency of doing this is a small step forward. 

Both units are very unstable, each new earthquake degrades the building safety. The potential for either unit to spill spent fuel out onto the ground or over the wreckage of the building could have devastating results on the recovery effort and the safety of people all across Japan.

It is also noted the work to build an underground shield to contain contamination has been moved up the schedule.

Kyodo article

Japan Today article

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One thought on “Removal Of Spent Fuel In Units 3 & 4 Made A Priority

  • July 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm
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    This is critical for the cleanup, and to prevent continuing releases locally, but it is more than that. This should be considered a window into the soul of the nuclear industry. The United States and it seems most of the world continues to produce spent fuel without actually moving and appropriately storing this fuel in a safe and permanent way. It staggers the imagination to think of the number of places with similar risks. We might not face the same geological risk, but the aging infrastructure and potential meltdown risk keeps getting greater. Eyes need to be on far more than Japan, and we must work to help the succeed in this cleanup.

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