Fukushima nuclear fuel removed from reactor

Fukushima nuclear power plant
Fukushima nuclear power plant

FUKUSHIMA (AVN/NHK) — The operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant has completed the removal of nuclear fuel from one of the reactor buildings.

By Friday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) had removed 1,331 units of spent fuel as well as 200 units of unspent fuel from the fuel pool of the Number 4 reactor building.

Company officials invited the media to watch the removal of the last 4 units on Saturday.

Workers lifted a container of fuel from the pool and transported it to the Number 6 reactor building. It will be placed in a pool in that building.

The plant chief, Akira Onodera, says the completion of the operation marks a step forward in the process of decommissioning the reactors.

Workers have yet to remove fuel from the Number 1, 2 and 3 reactor buildings. That work will be more difficult because of the high levels of radiation.

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