unit4insidevia Kyodo News / Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will start removing nuclear fuel from the spent fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant from Monday (Nov. 18)

“Full-scale removal (from the accident-stricken unit) is a very important process in moving ahead with the plant’s decommissioning,” TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono told a press conference, adding that the experience will be useful in dealing with the three other units that were damaged in the 2011 nuclear crisis.

The No. 4 unit spent fuel pool contains 1,331 spent fuel assemblies and 202 unused ones. Workers will begin with the removal of unused fuel assemblies, which are easier to handle.

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  2. Thank the Heavens TEPCO has decided to at least “practice” this operation with unused fuel rods.
    May the Samurai have steady hands and calm spirit while they battle!
    California is praying for you, as is all of the world that has not been blinded…

  3. praying that all goes perfectly, preparing in case something goes very wrong. God help them!

  4. My hope is that someone tosses a grenade in there. To be merciful and truly benevolent, like shooting an injured and dying horse. Better to die quickly.

  5. Does anyone know? If a medium-to-large size modern nuclear weapon exploded on the Fukushima reactor site, would that solve the current spent fuel and melted core problems? As bad as such a weapon explosion surely is, do scientists know if it would neutralize the current problems there? If so, don’t you think that that would be the plan at the White House rather than let North America become irradiated. Is this a possibility?

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