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Monday, November 25, 2013
Fukushima updates - November 25 , 2013..... As Tepco sets out to remove spent fuel rods from the Spent Fuel pool for Reactor building 4 , concerns abound ... ..... tracking radiation to the US West Coast
NHK is reporting that TEPCO will continue the process to remove spent fuel from the unit 4 pool on Tuesday JST. The first run removed unused fuel and transferred it to the common pool nearby. This next effort will try to remove a group of spent fuel assemblies and transfer them to the common pool using the same process. TEPCO cited problems with sand and sediment in the spent fuel pool causing visibility issues and will … Read entire article »
The Japanese government has made a series of announcements about changes to policy related to the evacuation zone. This is a considerable change from the 2011 “You will be able to go home very soon”. Futaba, Okuma, Nahara and Tomioka will be partially set aside as storage facilities for nuclear waste. The government has set aside $200 billion USD to buy the … Read entire article »
A UK company called TWI is developing a laser cutter that could be used to take apart contaminated equipment at nuclear power plants. The high powered lasers are currently used to weld automobile frames. The hand held system allows a worker to reach areas welding robots frequently can not. The system can also be set up on certain robot platforms … Read entire article »