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Fuel pool


A Tokyo Electric Power Co employee wearing a protective suit and a mask stands next to the spent fuel pool inside the building housing the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Workers on Monday afternoon began removing radioactive fuel rods from the reactor.

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I hope they have been instructed and trained well, and then properly rewarded with decent danger money for what they are about to do. God bless em all and keep em safe

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techallNov. 18, 2013 - 05:23PM JST

You can see here how TEPCO set the crane by building a structure above the spent fuel pool of unit 4. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/genkyo/fp_reactor/fp_no04/index.html

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These workers are truly brave souls.

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Scary stuff.

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CNIC has good info too: http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit154/nit154articles/03_nf.html

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Welcome back Zichi!

On the subject of the damaged assemblies, there was a report earlier in the week of one bent assembly from the 80s, and two more recent which were fouled with wire. Do you have a reference for the 80 number?

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Very brave. Thanks, Zichi, for the detailed information.

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This does not appear to be a recent photo of the fuel pool. From recent JT articles, the reactor building has suffered more damage than in the photo. Also, yesterday's story said that there were temporary cranes in place because the original cranes were destroyed, this picture seems to show the original cranes. When I inspected the element of the photo there is a reference to a 2008 face book photo. Can JT please confirm that this is a factual representation of the fuel pool as it stands today?

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