TEPCO Downplays Fuel Rod Removal Risks

Source: The Real News

On November 18, Jessica Desvarieux of The Real News Network interviewed Fairewinds' Arnie Gundersen about TEPCO beginning the process of fuel rod removal from Fukushima 4. Here's an excerpt:

So, first off, the racks rattled side to side. There was another reactor in Japan at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa on the other coast that experienced an earthquake a couple of years ago, and the racks became distorted. It's like a pack of cigarettes. And if it's a fresh pack, you can pull the cigarettes and it out. But if it's a crushed pack, the cigarettes get stuck. So the first problem is that these things have been beat up by the earthquake, and at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa they jammed some of the fuel.