Usually it takes 1 day to lift up 2 fuel assemblies, but they need to be extraordinarily careful this time, so it might take them 2 days. I guess they will start it on 7/19 if they take 1 day, will start it on 7/18 if they take 2 days.
7/20 may be the spare day in case of rain. and they will restart Ohi unit4 on 7/18 and 7/19. Even now, sometimes Japanese government double-book their plans in Fukushima plant with something else. I suspect it’s to distract mass media and people or not..
Whatever, I can’t understand why they have to conceal the date to take out the fuel assemblies “for the protection of nuclear material”. It’s been a while since Tepco allowed them to approach Fukushima plant out of 3 km diameter. There are no covers above reactor3 and 4 so anyone can see everything from the sky. If they want to prevent terrorism from happening, a division of army, navy and air force need to be stationed.
The reason why they don’t take out the fuel assemblies during the weekend,,Probably politicians and government officials are going to come to see this time, and maybe IAEA might come because nuclear fuel is involved. When public officers are involved, it’s always weekday.
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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.