Fukushima clean-up chief still hunting for 600 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel

Original story Abc news May 25 2016

The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has revealed that 600 tonnes of reactor fuel melted during the disaster, and that the exact location of the highly radioactive blobs remains a mystery.

Key points:

  • 600 tonnes of nuclear fuel still needs to be accounted for
  • Robots sent into the reactor have been disabled by radiation
  • 10 million bags of contaminated soil have been removed

In an exclusive interview with Foreign Correspondent, the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s chief of decommissioning at Fukushima, Naohiro Masuda, said the company hoped to pinpoint the position of the fuel and begin removing it from 2021.

But he admitted the technology needed to remove the fuel has to be invented.

“Once we can find out the condition of the melted fuel and identify its location, I believe we can develop the necessary tools to retrieve it,” Mr Masuda said.

“So it’s important to find it as soon as possible.”

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