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In the next 10 days, the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, is set to start the delicate and risky task of using a crane to remove the fuel assemblies from the pool, a critical step in a long decommissioning process that has already had serious setbacks.
Just 36 men will carry out the tense operation to move the fuel to safer storage; they will work in groups of six in two-hour shifts throughout the day for months. A separate team will work overnight to clear any debris inside the pool that might cause the fuel to jam when a crane tries to lift it out, possibly causing damage.
“We are making our final preparations,” Naomi Hirose, the president of the company, known as Tepco, said at a news conference on Friday. “We hope to be done by the end of next year.”
“There are potentially very big risks involved,” Shunichi Tanaka, the head of Japan’s nuclear regulator, said last week. “Each assembly must be handled very carefully.”
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And that is just one:, in japan there is 4! that have gone that way. How bad it is there we will never know just as in Russia we will never really know how bad it is, the one in Russia is inland the one in japan is at at the ocean, the land and waters are now a lethal, deadly mix. and some say nuke power is safe. tell that to the men that have to get in there and clean this mess up.edit on bAmerica/Chicagok201310 by bekod because: (no reason given)edit on bAmerica/Chicagok201310 by bekod because: line word edit