Tepco announced to postpone fuel removal from SFP of Reactor 1 – 3 up to over 3 years

On 6/12/2015, Tepco announced they are going to postpone fuel removal from SFP (Spent Fuel Pool) of Reactor 1 – 3.

From their revised plan, the fuel removal from SFP 1 is postponed by 3 years and 4 months, from SFP 2 by  4 – 7 months, from SFP 3 by 2 years and 6 months. Mostly it is due to the excessive level of radiation and repair of crane and other equipment.

As a result, they are going to start removing fuel from SFP 1 in March. 2021, SFP 2 in August – November. 2020, SFP 3 in January. 2018.


However, they still state they can start the removal of molten fuel from somewhere in the vessels in 2021.






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Tepco annonce repousser le retrait des combustibles des SFP1 à 3 de plus de 3 ans


Le 12 juin 2015, Tepco annonce qu’ils vont repousser le retrait des combustibles des SFP (Spent Fuel Pool = piscines à combustibles usagés) des réacteurs 1 à 3.

Selon leur planning revu, le retrait des combustibles de la SFP 1 est repoussé de 3 ans et 4 mois, pour la SFP 2 de 4 à 7 mois et pour la 3 de 2 ans et 6 mois. C’est principalement du au niveau élevé de radioactivité et aux réparations des grues et autres machines.
En conséquence, ils commenceront le retrait des combustibles de la SFP 1 en mars 2021, de la SFP 2 en août-novembre 2020 et de la SFP 3 en janvier 2018.

Ils affirment toujours néanmoins qu’ils pourront commencer le retrait de certains combustibles fondus des enceintes en 2021.


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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.


June 2015