'Trust Us': World's Most Perilous Nuclear Operation Set To Begin

With effort to remove fuel rods from Fukushima's Reactor 4 expected any day, few trust TEPCO's assurances


Nuclear fuel rods are seen in the spent fuel pool inside the No.4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. (Credit: REUTERS/Tomohiro Ohsumi)

Published on CommonDreams.org - Jon Queally, staff writer

"No one here trusts Tokyo Electric."

That's how Reuters, quoting former local resident Ichiro Kazawa, concludes their latest reporting on the pending and enormously dangerous operation scheduled to begin inside the crippled Reactor 4 building at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

As Common Dreams has previously reported, the operation to remove the fuel rods from Reactor 4 has nuclear experts sounding every alarm bell they can find in order to draw attention to the potentially devastating results if something goes wrong with the effort.

And as Kazawa's comments make clear, very few find trust in the promises coming from the plant's owner, the Tokyo Electric Company (or TEPCO).

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Fuel removal of Reactor4 pool to start next week – No quake should occur for 13 months


We're trying our best to obtain the true facts around the Fukushima disaster and the next steps about the removal of the fuel rods from the elevated pool in Reactor4. This article is relayed from the Fukushima Diary, one source of news we trust on that matter. The article source is here and the translation is as good as it gets, considered that the brave activist is from Japan.

Tepco is going to start removing the fuel assemblies from reactor4 pool next week. They will take 13 months to remove over 1500 fuel assemblies one after one, which is over 5,000 times much as Hiroshima bomb (based on Cs-137). They built 6 teams specially trained for this task. One team consists of 6 members. 1 member is from Tepco, but 5 members are from some other company, which Tepco conceals the name of and the reason of the concealment is also concealed.

The removed fuel is to be carried to the common usage pool. It’s not clear what to do with the fuel assemblies after transferring to the common pool. Reactor4 spent fuel pool is covered with the crane building, so we cannot see the crane picking up the assemblies from live camera.

What makes it more dangerous than the daily fuel removal is the fact that the pool is full of debris. They vacuum the small pieces of the debris over the assemblies but still it’s likely that the crane accidentally picks up a piece of debris when it grabs an assembly. In that case, it’s possible that the assembly is dropped.

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No To Restarts: Suits Join Japan Nuclear Power Protests


By Abby Zimet, CommonDreams.org

With a governmental task force reportedly urging that the grossly inept, widely criticized TEPCO be stripped of the responsibility for shutting down and cleaning up the crippled Fukushima plant - with "a clear and realistic organization" created in its place - business workers in Tokyo have joined the growing nuclear power protests in Japan. Hundreds in business suits marched last night in Tokyo, deliberately passing by TEPCO offices with signs reading "No to Restarts" and "Stop Contaminated Water."


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