Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, has entered a critical stage of the clean-up operation as it prepares to remove 1,500 fuel rods from one of its reactors.
The operation, which requires specialist machinery and equipment to carry out, is only possible in one of the reactors because radiation levels are relatively low. It is part of the decommissioning process of the plant, which was devastated by the tsunami that hit back in 2011.
During the tsunami, reactor number four exploded, and although the building is still not entirely stable, scientists have begun this next process as part of the decommissioning of the plant, which is expected to last around three decades. When removed from the fuel pool, the rods will be taken into safe storage.
Reactors one, two and three are said to be still too dangerous to even consider starting the decommissioning process due to extremely high volumes of radioactive matter.
The clean-up operation at Fukushima has suffered several blows in recent months, with numerous leaks, spillages and incidents involving radioactive waste seeping into the sea. Most recently, heavy rain caused one of the storage tanks to overflow, and Tepco was criticised for not handling the situation properly.
The incidents come despite Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe promising to implement “firm measures” to stop the leaks.
The delay is expected to take an extra three years, meaning that more than 20,000 people are unable to return to their homes.
Like our Facebook Page
Strange Ways the Sporting World Impacts the Environment
The Future of Cryptocurrency is Eco-Friendlier than the Present
Why Bill Gates Is Wrong on the Climate Impact of Bitcoin
Everything You Need to Know to Create an Eco-Friendly Nursery
4 Environmental Benefits of Using A Buckwheat Pillow
Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of The Office Furniture!
7 Huge Advantages of Using Solar Power at Home
5 Important Changes to Become An Eco-Friendly Nicotine User
4 Great Ways to be a Committed Eco-Tourist While Flying
7 Basic Types of Forex Charts Ethical Investors Must Understand
How to Make Your Ecommerce Business More Eco-Friendly?
How Can Social Media Help In Promoting Sustainable Lifestyle?
Luxury Development for The Ultra-Rich Causing Climate Change Conundrum in Barbuda
How Does Bitcoin Mining Work and is it Eco-Friendly?
Is Gen Z Ahead of Millennials in Terms of Eco-Investing?
Four Reasons Why Buying Used Cars Is the Way to Go Green
There is no Planet B: The Growing Importance of ESG
Wonderful Environmental Monitoring Tips to Keep Indoor Air Clean
The Tremendous Benefits of Investing in Energy-Efficient Windows
4 Morning Productivity Tips for Green Entrepreneurs that Are Night Owls
- Features10 months ago
Eco-Friendly Interior Design Is Easier Than You Might Think
- Features7 months ago
Eco-Friendly Hacks To Create A Durable Shop For Your Home
- Features8 months ago
5 Simple Ways To Create A Greener And Healthier Home
- Environment11 months ago
The Benefits Of Sustainable Agriculture For Farmers