Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tepco Having Difficulties Pumping Water into Fukushima Reactors

Slow progress containing problems at Fukushima, new ones arise. Asahi Shimbun Sep 11 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201209110101

[Excerpted] The operator is having difficulty pumping water into destroyed reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, tanks are rapidly filling with radioactive water, and hundreds of potentially volatile uranium fuel assemblies remain in a precarious storage pool that some warn could collapse in another strong earthquake.

But Tokyo Electric Power Co. is working on solving those problems, with plans to build new storage tanks, to erect an overhead crane to lift the fuel, and to decommission the destroyed reactors within 40 years.

Cooling the reactors produces about 450 tons of radioactive water daily. Some of that water is treated and reused as coolant, but as of Sept. 4 storage tanks at the site held about 200,000 tons of contaminated water....

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