Fifty Tons of Rubble in Fukushima's Unit 3

Updated 8 years ago Special to HNN Provided Courtesy Fairewinds Associates

As the eyes of the world have been focused on the Unit 4's removal of spent fuel, TEPCO released a report entitled, TEPCO's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Roadmap, that contained some astounding information regarding Unit 3. Follow Fairewinds Energy's Arnie Gundersen as he shows you the 35-ton refueling bridge that fell in the Unit 3 spent fuel pool during the Unit 3 detonation explosion. Do the math.

The bottom line here is that TEPCO has just acknowledged that at least 50-tons of rubble has fallen on top of and into the spent fuel pool in Unit 3. What does this 50-ton pile of debris mean to the Unit 3 spent fuel pool and its cleanup?

Gundersen is a nuclear engineer and commentator. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NHK, and in major world wide publications.