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  •  Actually, it seems that the used fuel rods .. (1+ / 0-)
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    aren't necessarily that big a problem either. What is worrying is the fact that operational fuel rods from 4, 5, and 6 had been removed and placed in the pools. The referenced paper claims that used fuel rods which have been cooling for as little as a few months will not heat to anywhere near the melting point of the zircalloy tubes (which it also claims are extremely hard to set on fire). The operational rods are a different kettle of fish though ..

    http://resources.nei.org/...

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