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Removing the Fukushima Fuel Rods

Justin McCurry writes in the Guardian and David McNeill in the Irish Times about their visit to the storage pool at Unit 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant.

Justin McCurry in the Guardian: Gazing down at the glassy surface of the spent fuel pool inside the No. 4 reator building at Fukushima Daiichi, it is easy to underestimate the danger posed by the highly toxic contents of its murky depths. But this lofty, isolated corner of the wrecked nuclear power plant is now the focus of global attention as Japan enters the most critical stage yet in its attempt to clean up after the worst nuclear accident in the country's history.  Read the article.


David McNeill in the Irish Times: Nuclear engineers in Fukushima are preparing to tackle what may be the most dangerous stage of the clean-up operation at the ruined nuclear plant -- removing thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. Experts have warned that the task could trigger another nuclear crisis if it goes wrong but operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) swatted away such concerns on Thursday during a rare tour of the Daiichi plant. "In my view, the potential for another disaster is very close to impossible," plant manager Akira Ono said.    Read the article


Last modified on Friday, November 08, 2013

Published in: Dispatches
Tag:: Fukushima

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