The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is set to start later Monday a yearlong mission to remove fuel from a pool at a damaged reactor building, in a move to address one of the major hazards remaining at the accident-stricken plant.
While the process of removing fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor unit is a milestone toward the decommissioning of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima plant, the work will require careful attention so as not to result in another radiation-leaking incident.
The Nos. 1 to 4 units lost their cooling systems during the 2011 nuclear crisis, triggered by a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. PNA