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Removing fuel at No.4: Almost ready

November 12, 2013


NRA finishes checks before fuel removal



Japan's nuclear watchdog has finished facility checks before the removal of nuclear fuel from a badly damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Removing the fuel units is the first milestone in a decommissioning project that's estimated to take about 40 years. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, plans to decommission 4 damaged reactors.

The firm is preparing to remove 1,533 fuel units from a storage pool in the plant's No.4 reactor, which stores the most fuel units among the 4.

On Tuesday, officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority told the utility that they found no problems with a crane, the building's cover, and various facilities. The regulators had been checking since September.

The NRA plans to start checking work procedures on Wednesday to make sure that debris in the pool will not damage fuel units, most of which are highly radioactive spent rods.

If the agency finds no problem with the procedures, Tokyo Electric is to start removing the fuel in mid-November.

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