Japan begins removal of nuclear fuel from damaged reactor

Operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from one of the reactors that melted down after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Remotely controlled equipment is lifting fuel rods from a storage pool inside reactor number three.

The delicate work at the contaminated site is expected to take two years.

The next phase of the huge clean-up in reactor three will be to remove molten nuclear fuel that remains deep inside. A spokeswoman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company said the operation to remove the fuel has been delayed by earthquake debris inside the building as well as other technical issues.

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