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Fukushima operators begin risky nuclear fuel rod removal

18.11.2013 07:15

In a highly risky undertaking Fukushima plant operators have finally begun removing over 1,500 nuclear fuel rods from one of the four reactors at its damaged nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan on Monday.

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siyousyanamae 19.11.2013 19:00

Our paper reports 44 confirmed thyroid cancer cases in 0-18 year olds in Fukushima in the last six months (a figure that has since risen to 53). In the hypothyroidism paper we discuss the 44 cases relative to the population and calculate that this represents an 80-fold excess based on national data prior to the Fukushima Iodine releases.


siyousyanamae 19.11.2013 19:00

Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies
19th November 2013 The Ecologist
Confir med cases of hypothyroidism, defined as those with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone level greater than 29 units increased by 21% in the group of babies that were exposed to excess radioactive Iodine in the womb. The same group of children had a 27% increase in 'borderline cases'.


Kim 19.11.2013 04:44

I guess no news is bad news.


Maynard 18.11.2013 22:37

U.S. airfarce is enemy.


bleeddonor 18.11.2013 19:06

Fake pictures are fake. Lots of news agencies doing this, and there's no excuse for it.


Гарри 18.11.2013 18:12

Even if they need to remove these and encapsulate them 1 rod at a time it is still preferable to doing nothing. I do not believe TEPCO should be in charge here at all.


Suzuki Hiroshi 18.11.2013 15:42

The idea that Tokyo Electric is going to use robotic cranes to somehow remove all these fuel rods without damaging, breaking or misplacing any of these rods seems almost impossible.


Suzuki Hiroshi 18.11.2013 15:41

Fukushima fiasco: Tokyo Electric's risky removal of radioactive fuel could set off uncontrolled chain reaction; emergency delay invoked
Nov 18, 2013 NaturalNews
All that is required for a runaway nuclear meltdown is for one of the fuel rods to be dropped or accidentally placed too close to other fuel rods.
Fukushima reactor No. 4 currently has 1300 fuel rods being stored in a leaking pool held 150 feet above ground. There are 6,300 fuel rods in a nearby storage fuel that also need to be moved. In all, Fukushima holds 11,400 fuel rods, any one of which could break and send the entire situation spiraling out of control.


groingo 18.11.2013 15:28

The normal radiation levels should be in the 20's to 60's but at Fukushima they are 13300 before the started pulling rods of which some have been broken and left in place since 1988,hope the people on the US's West coast have made moving plans if something goes wrong, and there are over 1500 chances it will not even including another earth quake!

To have left this operation in TEPCO'S bungling and lying hands practically guarantees a catastrophy.


Chris Harrison 18.11.2013 14:23

Mark Roman 18.11.2013 12:59

Perhaps a reputable news group could provide video footage of the operation as it happens.

Is this asking too much?


Yeah that may be a problem, going there could mean death if you are not protected very well.


Geoff King 18.11.2013 10:29

On the other hand, I notice the building next to it is labeled 2, so that may be building 3. Seems to me, judging by the damage, that is the reactor they should be working on first, not 4.


Geoff King 18.11.2013 10:24

I assume the photo is actually of the Unit 4 that the article is about, not the Unit 3 as the caption says. Whichever one it is, look at all that lovely radioactive smoke shooting into the sky.


Bebert Destouches 18.11.2013 09:53

Google:- Fairewinds Remove Tepso before removing radioactive fuel

Google :- Asia Times Online TEPCO risks all at Fukushima


Kevin Mark Bauer 18.11.2013 09:29

So,what's the Vegas line on whether or not Japan goes BOOM?


Pink Rabbit 18.11.2013 09:26

At one time they onle had robots there, now we have live people peering over the pool of unit 4. Can they really be that close to the fuel as in videos last week of building 4? And they are also relatively near building 3 if they are really in 4. Also, If building 4 exploded and blew a large hole in one of the concrete walls, the fuel may not all be in the storage tank.

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