Workers are seen next to spent fuel pool inside the Common Pool Building at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecturefrom NHK World / November 5, 2014 / Workers have finished removing highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel from one of the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The No.4 reactor had no nuclear fuel when the plant was hit by a massive quake and tsunami in March 2011. But there were more than 1,500 units of spent and unused fuel in the pool in the reactor building.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, is putting priority on removing spent fuel because it is highly radioactive. The utility began removing 1,331 units of spent fuel in November of last year. Workers completed the removal of the last 11 units by Tuesday.

TEPCO plans to finish removing the unused fuel from the building by the end of the year.

The procedure will be more difficult at the No.1, 2 and 3 reactor buildings due to high radiation levels. The 3 reactors suffered meltdowns.

TEPCO plans to start removing fuel from the pool of the No.1 reactor building in fiscal 2019. That’s a delay of 2 years from its plan.

The utility faces difficulties with melted fuel because the exact location and condition are unknown.

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  1. King 5 News (Seattle), Oct. 21, 2014: Baby orca death triggers alarm;

    The recent loss… is sounding off alarms since its been years since a baby orca has survived — “Researchers say there is no hope for a missing baby orca… The baby — which was born just last month — is nowhere in sight… The loss of yet another baby orca… A grim reality is taking shape… This is really kind of scary, because it’s been years since one of these little guys has survived… Babies are not surviving, and [biologist Ken Balcomb] says some whales appear pregnant for weeks, only to be seen later no longer pregnant… Some scientists believe the orcas… could be poisoning their own babies with toxic mother’s milk.”

    King 5: No orca births were recorded last year and it’s been 3 years since a baby… survived more than a year.

    Video: http://www.king5.com/videos/tech/science/environment/2014/10/21/15984264/

  2. Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington

    Reuters Link – http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/21/us-usa-whale-washington-idUSKCN0IA26B20141021

  3. The whales are not getting enough to eat. Why might that be? Just another sign the Pacific Ocean is dying rapidly now.

    Link with article and video, the video is very telling. http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/podcasts/2014/10/aerial_vehicle_killer_whale.html#.VFtZgWfYtTE

  4. congratulations to people removing no 4 rods, great care required otherwise they will be the first to suffer consequences in workplace,why not let daichi directors and government officials get involved personally(just chain them up on site) next to fuel rod area,so they can verify firsthand all protocols,where are the removed rods being stored,our daichi directors may choose to take them home for safekeeping,as a sign of good will. my heart goes out to the people of japan……

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