Fukushima’s reactor cores still too hot to open – Maybe years before workers get first look inside

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In the short term, workers will continue to cool the reactors and clean up as much contamination as possible. But in the longer term they will have to actually remove the uranium from the reactor cores and transport it away from the coast, where it poses a major environmental and health risk.

The radioactive fuel inside the reactors is believed to have melted down completely, and some or all of it has probably leaked from the stainless-steel pressure vessel in which it was housed into the concrete enclosure below the reactor.

The radiation will remain powerful enough to kill for decades to come, so workers will have to find a way to clean up and remove the fuel remotely.

Given the current levels of radiation near the reactors, it may be years before workers are even able to take a first look at what has happened inside.

Source: www.nature.com, via NatureNews – All articles published today – nature.com science feeds
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