Plan outlined to remove nuclear fuels from Fukushima pressure vessels

14 July 2011

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

The Japanese Government has unveiled plans to remove nuclear fuel from the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in ten years' time.

A timeline is being proposed to decommission the damaged site, which was affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11th.

Cooling systems were affected by the disaster and fuel melted through pressure vessels in the reactors, causing radioactive material to leak from the plant.

Japan's Atomic Energy Commission and related bodies are now understood to be considering proposals to dismantle the factory, a process that is expected to take decades to complete.

Efforts to remove melted nuclear fuel are not anticipated to commence until 2021, according to the details of a draft report on the crisis.

The plant's owner - Tokyo Electric Power Company - is currently handling the aftermath of the meltdown and is attempting to get the situation under control in order to shut down the plant.

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