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Fukushima plant operator starts gasoline removal from melted reactor



Operation of the destroyed nuclear plant in Fukushima for the first time removes gasoline from a cooling pool in one of the three reactors dissolved in the 2011 calamity, a milestone in the decades-long process the plant decommission.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday workers started removing the first of the 566 fuel units stored in the pool at Unit 3. The fuel units in the pool were not contained and their departure to safer land was important to prevent disaster In case of another big earthquake.

TEPCO claims that the removal of Unit 3 takes two years, followed by two other reactors.

The step is leading the real challenge of removing dissolved fuel from within the reactors, but the details are more than unknown.


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