Work to remove spent nuclear fuel from the No.4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in Fukushima Prefecture has been completed. This was made known on Nov. 1 by industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa following his first visit to the plant since assuming the Cabinet post three weeks ago.
“I was told that work to remove all spent fuel rods and put them into casks had been completed successfully,” Miyazawa told a press conference at the J-Village facility which, straddling Naraha and Hirono towns, is used as a base camp for workers at the plant. “We still face difficult challenges, but we have thus far proceeded at a steady pace.”
According to TEPCO, all 1,533 fuel rods in a storage pool inside a building housing the No.4 reactor are scheduled to be shipped to another pool in the premises of the plant within this year. On the day of Miyazawa’s visit, TEPCO moved the last 10 rods into casks for storage. There are 180 less radioactive unused rods. They will be moved to a storage pool for the No. 6 reactor, which was unscathed by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.