More than half of the nuclear fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have been moved to a cooling pool.
As of May 12, 792 out of 1,331 spent fuel assemblies and 22 out of 202 new fuel assemblies have been removed from Unit 4 and put into storage. Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers began removing the fuel rods from the unit in November. The spent fuel pool is expected to be emptied by the end of 2014. The fuel rod removal is the first step in decommissioning the plant.
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