TEPCO announced that the containment inspections for unit 3 will start today. This will include a more direct inspection than other units have received. The swimming ROV (aka: little sunfish) will go directly into the pedestal area under the reactor vessel. This should confirm the extent of the reactor vessel failure. What makes this news more interesting is the recently completed muon scan of unit 3 that has yet to be released to the public.
It is possible the muon scan indicated something significant that may have changed plans for this inspection. It is concerning that TEPCO has not made the muon scans of unit 3 public as they did for units 1 and 2.
The ROV will start by inspecting the pedestal today (July 19) the take a day off to review the results. A follow up inspection will be done on the 20th based on what they find on the 19th.
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