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Unclear debris map casts shadow over decommissioning of Fukushima plant

Unclear debris map casts shadow over decommissioning of Fukushima plant | 09 April 2019 | The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) are set to launch full-scale probes of the inside of the No. 1 through No. 3 reactors at the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station this fiscal year, in an attempt to determine which reactor to work on first to remove [radioactive] fuel debris -- a critical step for decommissioning the facility... The radiation level of the material, measured at a distance of some 30 centimeters, was 7.6 sieverts per hour, far less than anticipated. If the sediment contained a good portion of nuclear fuel, the radiation doses ought to have been several hundred sieverts per hour, even eight years after the 2011 nuclear meltdowns. This finding suggested that the sediment that TEPCO came in contact with in the survey was not the main nuclear fuel debris it was looking for...The question now is whether fuel debris exists beneath the surface of the sediment or if nuclear fuel still remains within the reactor pressure vessel, or even somewhere else. There are currently no prospects for TEPCO to ascertain an accurate distributions of debris.