via Japan Times / October 30, 2014 / In the first-ever delay in the plans to dismantle reactor 1 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government and the utility have agreed to postpone the removal of fuel rods from the spent-fuel pool by two years from the initial plans, NHK reported Thursday.

The date of extracting the meltedfuel rods from the reactor core, which suffered a meltdown in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, will also be delayed by five years, the network said, without naming the source.

NHK attributed the delays to an unexpectedly time-consuming process of removal, which was to start in 2017 for fuel rods that are intact and in 2020 for melted ones.

In the ongoing plant dismantling process, removal of rubble, a necessary step to get at the spent-fuel pools, has taken longer than expected, with the plan to start full-fledged work to expose the reactor building by removing its covering delayed by half a year from the originally planned start in March.

 

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  1. why the delay for the removal of the spent fuel rods?

  2. You cannot afford to delay, the sealife on the west coast of North America is dying. Some of the beaches are now carrying signs stating that the beaches are radioactive. Currently the radioactive water follows the North Equatorial current across the Pacific, fish in that current are dying, shoals of fish and squid are getting washed up on the beaches, all dead. Around Vancouver Island kelp, starfish and anemones have disappeared. You cannot afford to delay because it affects a whole food chain that will affect human life. No ‘ifs’, no ‘but’s, there is no alternative, you have to work as fast as possible. We have to use other sources for energy, and the first step is to put a solar panel on your roofs, THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE. Nuclear power is dangerous.

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