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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

FACTS: Refueling configuration

Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 has experienced a fire, well reported here and elsewhere, concerned with fuel in the storage pool. Other plants at the site are also reportedly experiencing similar problems. Let's look at our WASH-1250 diagram once again, this time showing some items relevant to the refueling operation.

Note the very heavy overhead crane, necessary for lifting the reactor vessel head which is the heaviest removable item in most any nuclear plant.

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