TEPCO announced they would delay the removal of both spent fuel from the pool and from the reactor vessel at unit 1, Fukushima Daiichi. What is not clear is exactly why. TEPCO cited having to remove excessive debris from the buildings. They have known the conditions inside the building and the refueling floor for a number of years. Investigations into the building and refueling floor began as early as 2011 with an in depth screening of the refueling floor done in 2013. No detailed recent investigative work at unit 1 has been admitted and no new findings about the condition of the building have been released in recent months.
There has been some delay while they spray fixative and take a more cautious approach to removing the building cover, but that is currently only expected to cause about a 6 month delay. This new schedule puts spent fuel removal at 2019 and melted fuel removal at 2025.
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