28 Août 2012
August 27, 2012
TEPCO examines fuel rods at Fukushima plant
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is studying how to safely remove fuel rods from the crippled facility.
More than 1,500 used and unused fuel assemblies remain in the water pool of the No. 4 reactor. Tokyo Electric Power Company will have to remove them before it can fully decommission the reactor.
TEPCO on Monday examined one unused assembly to ascertain the extent of the damage to the fuel rods.
It removed 2 fuel assemblies in mid-July for the checks. Officials selected unused ones as they are safer to handle.
The utility says it found no significant damage or change in the rods' shape. The utility plans to examine the fuel pellets inside the rods in a few days.
The fuel pool at the No. 4 reactor building was badly damaged by last March's hydrogen explosion.
TEPCO plans to begin removing the fuel assemblies in December next year.