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Removal of nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant to proceed as planned

Work to begin in 2021 to remove highly radioactive debris from disabled reactors

The government is sticking to its plan to begin removal of fuel debris from disabled reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2021.

TOKYO -- Work to remove melted nuclear fuel from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will proceed as scheduled, starting in 2021, the government said Thursday.

According to a revised blueprint on plant decommissioning, the fuel debris inside the three reactors, which suffered a meltdown in 2011 after being disabled by a tsunami, will be removed by inserting robot arms into the side of the containment structure of each reactor. 

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