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But it put the eggs in the same basket.

You are referring to the existing situation where ALL of the rods since construction were stored on site. What I had suggested would have had most of them stored off site and would have had substantially duplicate rod extraction and transport equipment surviving at the storage site. A decent plan requires two sets of rod handling equipment, one for extraction and one for remote storage, and I have no sense that acquisition of any of this is underway. I do have a foreboding that Japanese culture is resulting in paralysis rather than action.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Aug 5th, 2013 at 01:55:21 AM EST
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You are referring to the existing situation where ALL of the rods since construction were stored on site. What I had suggested would have had most of them stored off site and would have had substantially duplicate rod extraction and transport equipment surviving at the storage site.

Yes, having most (but not all) off-site appears to be the best that can be reached.

My impression is that the packaging (into transport containers) and unpackaging rod handling equipments are a bit different from each other. Given the conditions at pool #4 with radiation and physical destruction, I don't know if any established ways would work. If they had any (established or innovative) way they thought would work, one would think they would be deployed by now.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Aug 5th, 2013 at 04:56:16 AM EST
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The short term and longer term storage facilities could be of sufficiently similar design that similar equipment could service both. Then one spare would back up both - as if anyone cared about redundancy and backup. And yes, the extraction of rods from #4 pool would be different, as the pool is 100 feet above grade and surrounded by debris. But if they had intact extraction equipment it could be supplemented so as to address the more complicated situation. But it doesn't look as though they have ANY solution underway. It is not their Pacific Ocean to pollute.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Aug 5th, 2013 at 11:10:14 AM EST
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