• Kyodo


An effort to remove the hazardous spent fuel rods in the storage pool teetering above reactor 4 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex might start as soon as Tuesday, a source close to Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

Fuel extraction operations began Nov. 18 with the removal of 22 fresh fuel assemblies, which are easier to handle than spent fuel. Next up, however, is a batch of 22 spent fuel assemblies, which could heat up and release radiation if damaged during the process.

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