TEPCO begins removal of spent nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will begin removing used fuel rods from Unit 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, according to Energy Business Review.

The unit has more than 1,500 nuclear fuel rods in the storage pool, which is expected to be emptied by 2014, the article said. The fuel rod removal is the first step in decommissioning and cleaning up the plant.

Workers will use remote-controlled cranes to remove the rods, which will then be placed in a protective cask and transferred to a joint cooling pool inside a building, the article said.

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