The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is planning to melt a small nuclear fuel rod in an experiment at its research facility in March to figure out how meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2011, officials said Thursday.
The experiment could offer clues about the uncertain state of the melted fuel inside the three crippled Fukushima No. 1 reactors. Removing the fuel from the reactors will be the biggest challenge in dismantling the plant.