TEPCO to start fuel removal from Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool

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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.

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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

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