Fuel removal project halted at Japan's Fukushima plant
Published on Mar 28, 2014 3:28 PM
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Work to remove spent fuel rod assemblies from Japan's destroyed Fukushima reactor has been halted after possible damage to a giant crane, the first major delay in an operation to remove 1,533 fuel assemblies from a holding pool.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has been retrieving highly irradiated spent fuel rods from the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Fuel retrieveal was halted after a worker started moving a crane used to lift the fuel assemblies out of the pool without disengaging the handbrake on Wednesday, generating a warning alarm, a Tepco spokesman said.
Workers and the crane's manufacturer were inspecting the equipment and hoped to restart operations as soon as possible.
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