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Nuclear Fuel Rod Pieces Missing at Closed Plant

From Times Wire Reports

Four pounds of radioactive nuclear fuel is missing from a closed nuclear power plant near Eureka.

Pacific Gas & Electric workers are looking for three pieces of a nuclear fuel rod that may be among hundreds placed in a deep storage pool at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant before it closed in 1976.

Plant workers have been using robotic equipment and underwater cameras since July 7 to search a pool where spent fuel is stored. About 390 used-fuel assemblies are stored in the pool, which is 26 to 30 feet deep.

PG&E; spokesman Jeff Lewis said the utility remained confident that the missing rods would be found in the pool.

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