Fukushima operators begin risky nuclear fuel rod removal

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This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on November 18, 2013 shows a cask (C) of nuclear fuel being lifted and moved by TEPCO workers as TEPCO started operations to remove fuel rods from a pool at the unit four reactor building of TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in the town of Okuma in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo)

This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on November 18, 2013 shows a cask (C) of nuclear fuel being lifted and moved by TEPCO workers as TEPCO started operations to remove fuel rods from a pool at the unit four reactor building of TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in the town of Okuma in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo)

In a highly risky undertaking Fukushima plant operators have finally begun removing over 1,500 nuclear fuel rods from one of the four reactors at its damaged nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan on Monday.

The operation is expected to take at least a year hailed as a   key first step toward a full cleanup of the  plant.

Unit 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant was offline at the time of  the 2011 catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, which is why,  unlike the other three, its core didn’t go into meltdown.

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