Japan delays nuclear fuel removal schedule for Fukushima plant

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Reuters : June 12, 2015

Japan will delay removal of dangerous spent uranium fuel rods from the wrecked Fukushima power station, another setback in Tokyo Electric Power Co’s struggle to contain the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The Japanese government said on Friday it approved a revised “roadmap” for decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi station, which was wrecked when an earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns in March 2011.

The revision means delaying the start of work to remove spent nuclear fuel in cooling ponds in three reactors by as long as three years.

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The delay in fuel removal from the cooling pool to 2017 or later came as the utility known as Tepco is struggling to carry out the work to reduce high radiation levels.

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