Rats blamed again for Fukushima spent nuclear fuel pool troubles


Spent fuel pool cooling at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had to be halted to allow for the removal of two dead rats Monday, Reuters reports.

Cooling in the spent fuel pools was down for a few hours to allow for removal of the rodent carcasses and the installation of a net to prevent future infiltrations. The event marks the third time in five weeks that spent fuel cooling systems have been shut down due to rodents and comes on top of the discovery of substantial leakage from contaminated water tanks at the facility.

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