Friday, June 17, 2011

NHK: Leaking Water May Delay Decontamination

NHK: Leaking water may delay decontamination

"At the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant leaking water is threatening to delay full operation of a system to decontaminate highly radioactive water.

The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, had been planning to start full operation of the water treatment system on Friday. It has been carrying out a final test runs.

But a US-made device to remove radioactive materials -- such as cesium -- automatically stopped running on Thursday evening due to leaking water.

The utility company says it is examining the cause of the trouble and trying to fix the problem, but that the suspension may delay full-scale operation of the water treatment system.

Treatment of the contaminated water is key to controlling the nuclear crisis.

The highly radioactive water is building up at a rate of 500 tons a day as fresh water is being poured onto the reactors to cool them down.

The main facility to store radioactive water reached capacity on Thursday, and any delay in launching the treatment system could cause contaminated water to overflow in 10 days.

Full operation of the water treatment system is a precondition of the company's plan to use the water to continuously cool down the reactors.

TEPCO announced its road map 2 months ago to solve the nuclear crisis, and it is to review progress and the timetable on Friday."

Friday, June 17, 2011 04:55 +0900 (JST)

MAJIA HERE: Tepco has been reporting that the contaminated water would overflow in days FOR DAYS. This makes me think that the only reason the water has not overflowed yet is becaues of the leak. How much highly contaminated water is really leaking out and where is it going?
Also, E-News has a video of another large release last night.

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