Friday, November 15, 2013

Some spent fuel rods at Fukushima were damaged before 2011 disaster ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Three of the spent fuel assemblies due to be carefully plucked from the crippled Japanese nuclear plant at Fukushima in a hazardous year-long operation were damaged even before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the facility.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said the damaged assemblies - 4.5-meter high racks containing 50-70 thin rods of highly irradiated used fuel - can’t be removed from Fukushima’s Reactor No. 4 using the large cask assigned to taking out more than 1,500 of the assemblies.

One of the assemblies was damaged as far back as 1982, when it was mishandled during a transfer, and is bent out of shape, TEPCO said in a brief note at the bottom of an 11-page information sheet in August.

In a statement from April 2010, TEPCO said it found two other spent fuel racks in the reactor’s cooling pool had what appeared to be wire trapped in them. Rods in those assemblies have pin-hole cracks and are leaking low-level radioactive gases, TEPCO spokesman Yoshikazu Nagai told Reuters on Thursday.

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Comment: IMHO, this is criminal, they knew that some of these "rods" were damaged long before the kids in the image above were even born. Perhaps even before their parents were born. worse yet, they could have done something about it and didn't! 

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