Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The First Cask from Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool Was Safely Lowered, Transported to the Common Pool

NHK, who apparently had a live footage of the scene at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant according to people who were watching TV, says it took the truck carrying the cask 10 minutes to go from the Reactor 4 building to the Common Pool which is 100 meters away.

From NHK (11/21/2013; part):


At 1PM on November 21, 2013, the first container to transport 22 nuclear fuels taken from the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 4 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was removed from the reactor building, and transported to the storage facility 100 meters away inside the plant compound.


On November 21, the container, called "cask", that has 22 unused, new fuel assemblies was taken out of the Reactor 4 building on a trailer [trailer truck, or rig], and transferred to the facility called the Common Pool in 10 minutes.


The trailer was led by a white car, and proceeded at a slow, walking speed while workers looked on. It backed into the Common Pool.


This was the first time the container with fuel assemblies was transported out of the Reactor 4 building since the start of the fuel removal work on November 18. According to TEPCO, the Common Pool was evaluated to be able to withstand the earthquake of the same level as the March 11, 2011 earthquake, and fuel assemblies would be more securely stored there than in the Spent Fuel Pool located in the building damaged by the accident.

No video or photos yet at TEPCO's Photos and Videos Library.


Anonymous said...

Tepco and the media inform us so promptly when the fuel removal is relatively easy; will they be as prompt when things will not go as smoothly? How can we figure out Tepco is messing up without waiting for them to admit the mishap months down the line?

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