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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Workers remove 2 nuclear fuel rods from Fukushima reactor

By Yuri Kageyama
A giant crane removed two fuel rods from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, starting the long and delicate process to reduce the risk of more radiation escaping into the environment......
All of the 1,535 rods in a spent-fuel pool next to reactor No. 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan must eventually be moved to safer storage - an effort expected to take until the end of next year, according to the government......
Tasaka said the government target of removing all the rods by the end of next year may prove too optimistic because of many unknowns, the need to develop new technology and the risk of aftershocks.
“If we are asked whether things are completely safe, we cannot say that,” he said. “If there is another major earthquake, we don’t know what may happen, although we hope for the best.”
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1,535 rods...... no containment till a month ago..... and no safe removal procedure..... usually a pinpoint accurate crane, major safety measures and thick walls.... now?.... blown up crane, no walls, and very little to say about the containing water and cooling.... far from over...
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