Govt. Updates Nuclear Debris Removal Plan

Govt. updates nuclear debris removal plan

A Japanese government task force in charge of drawing up decommissioning policies for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says the removal of fuel debris will start with the No. 2 reactor in 2021.

The task force met at the prime minister's office on Monday to compile its fifth version of the decommissioning schedule.

Tepco Video Shows Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO video shows suspected fuel debris

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has released video shot during a survey of what's believed to be fuel debris in its No. 2 reactor.

In the survey on Wednesday, a device for the first time made contact with the debris believed to be a mixture of molten nuclear fuel and structural parts.

Tepco: Probe Touched Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO: Probe touched suspected fuel debris

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says a probe made direct contact with substances believed to be fuel debris at one of the plant's reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, conducted its first contact survey of suspected fuel debris at the Number 2 reactor on Wednesday.

Tepco To Survey Suspected Fuel Debris In Reactor

TEPCO to survey suspected fuel debris in reactor

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will conduct the first contact survey on suspected fuel debris inside one of the reactors.

It will be a key probe in the effort to decommission the plant. The No.1, No.2, and No.3 reactors at the facility experienced a meltdown as a result of the earthquake and tsunami which struck eastern Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Tepco To Directly Probe Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO to directly probe suspected fuel debris

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it's ready to make the first direct contact with suspected fuel debris inside a reactor. It says it will use a rod-shaped device to touch the debris to check its condition. The eventual goal is to remove the debris as part of the effort to scrap the plant crippled in the 2011 accident.

Tokyo Electric Power Company told a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday that it will carry out the operation at the No. 2 reactor between mid- and late February.

Tepco To Retrieve Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO to retrieve suspected fuel debris

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to remove small amounts of suspected fuel debris from one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as part of decommissioning work.

A meltdown occurred in 3 of the plant's 6 reactors after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Kounotori 6's Space Debris Removal Test Fails

Kounotori 6's space debris removal test failsJapan's space agency says its cargo ship Kounotori 6 has ended its mission after failing to test new technology for removing space debris.
Officials of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere and burned up early on Monday Japan time.

Marine Life Still Hitchhiking On Tsunami Debris 5 Years Later

Marine life still hitchhiking on tsunami debris 5 years laterAs debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeast Japan wended its way over the Pacific Ocean's currents, concerns about potential radioactive contaminants following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster briefly gripped residents of Hawaii and North America's west coast.

Tepco Using 'giant Vacuum Cleaner' To Remove Debris At Crippled Plant

TEPCO using 'giant vacuum cleaner' to remove debris at crippled plantTokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has begun using a giant vacuum cleaner-like device to collect and remove debris from the No. 1 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
In October this year, work finished to remove cover panels that were installed over the building after the disaster.

Flooded City In Eastern Japan Faces Uphill Struggle With Mountain Of Debris

Flooded city in eastern Japan faces uphill struggle with mountain of debrisA mountain of debris collected following last week's heavy flooding is hampering chances of a swift recovery in this severely devastated city.
Trucks carrying junk and wreckage were lined up for 1.5 kilometers on the morning of Sept. 15 at a new temporary dump site the municipal government set up in the south of the city. The pile of dumped debris, including tatami mats and bedding covered with mud, refrigerators and cabinets, soon reached 6 meters in height at the 6,500-square-meter site.

Experiment To Collect Space Debris Outlined

Experiment to collect space debris outlinedJapanese engineers have announced plans to carry out experiments to collect debris floating in space using a small satellite.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is to launch the satellite on February 28th on one of its H2A rockets.

Japan To Build A Magnetic Net To Fish Out Floating Space Debris

Japan to build a magnetic net to fish out floating space debrisAs low earth orbit is starting to get cluttered with space debris, countries with very active space programs like Japan is trying ways to clean this mess. To solve this problem, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with fishing equipment manufacturer Nitto Seimo, to build a magnetic net that will be able to fish out floating space debris.