TEPCO will remove the cover on unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi this fall. The cover was hastily put over the unit in 2011 in an attempt to lower releases. TEPCO did not say why this work has suddenly been jumped ahead of other work. Most of the roadmap plans TEPCO has announced put unit 1 far down the list of priorities.
To remove the spent fuel TEPCO will need to remove the cover, something they say will raise radiation levels. They will also need to remove the remains of the roof and the two cranes to do the work. It was not mentioned how much the radiation levels would rise during this work. Meanwhile the Japanese government has been pushing to reclassify more and more areas near the plant as being closer to rehabitation. This work at unit 1 is a good example of why this is an unwise idea.
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