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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Fukushima decommissioning slip-up could trigger monumental chain reaction, expert warns

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By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy
Updated 2 hours 22 minutes ago
VIDEO: Nuclear experts say they are ready to remove highly radioactive used fuel assemblies from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. (AFP, file photo) (ABC News)
One slip-up in the latest step to decommission Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could trigger a "monumental" chain reaction, experts warn.
Within days, Fukushima nuclear plant operators will begin what is being described as the most dangerous phase of the decommissioning process so far.
In an operation never before attempted, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will start removing 1,331 highly radioactive used fuel assemblies from a deep pool which sits high above the ground in a shattered reactor building.
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