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Due to International Pressure (Or Typhoon Damage?), Tepco Agrees to Start Removing Radioactive Fuel from Fukushima a Year Early

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Tepco was going to wait until late 2013 to even begin to start addressing the greatest threat to humanity.

There is some good news.

Specifically – due to international pressure – Tepco has agreed to speed up the timetable.  As Reuters notes:

Workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will begin removing fuel rods from a damaged reactors a year ahead of schedule, a government minister said Thursday, a move to address concerns about the risk of a new quake that could cause a further accident and scatter more radioactive debris.

 

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“We would like to start taking out undamaged fuel this year. Preparation is now under way,” Japan’s nuclear crisis minister, Goshi Hosono, told Reuters in an interview.

 

“Doing it quickly is important. But we also have to make sure those workers out there, who are struggling under harsh conditions, will not be endangered by trying to move things fast.”

Postscript:  Of course, some theorize there is a more disturbing explanation of Tepco’s willingness to move up the timeframe.  For example, Fukushima Diary and What Really Happened claim that the roof of Building 4 is now GONE – perhaps due to damage from typhoon Guchol – and that the building is in real trouble.

However, videos posted at EneNews appear to show that Tepco simply removed the roof with a crane as part of its ongoing work.

Washington’s Blog



One Comment on "Due to International Pressure (Or Typhoon Damage?), Tepco Agrees to Start Removing Radioactive Fuel from Fukushima a Year Early"

  1. Kenz300 on Sun, 24th Jun 2012 5:59 pm 

    Maybe TEPCO was bankrupt and until the government took them over they were more concerned about the cost of the clean up than the safety of the people and the country.

    The spent fuel rod pools are now seen to be as dangerous as the reactors. How many other nuclear plants have their spent fuel rod pools designed in the same way?

    Nuclear energy is too costly and too dangerous. The taxpayers of Japan will be paying for this clean up FOREVER. The cost may ultimately push the country into bankruptcy or default on its debts.

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