Fukushima nuclear cooling system offline for third time in five weeksTOKYO |
The company, formally known as Tokyo Electric Power Co, said in a statement that it halted the system for the No.2 unit's spent fuel pool for inspection after it found dead rats near a
Two years after an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant, Tepco faces a raft of hurdles, including groundwater flooding into damaged reactors, as it works to decommission the complex. The clean-up effort is expected to take decades.
Last month, a 29-hour power supply halt affecting nine facilities, including four spent fuel pool cooling systems, was caused by a rat touching exposed wires in a temporary switchboard, triggering a circuit breaker.
In early April, the No.3 unit's spent fuel pool cooling system stopped, after workers appeared to have had inadvertently caused a power outage when they were trying to install a net to keep small animals from crawling into the reactor building.
(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
Published: April 13th, 2013 at 4:47 pm ET
Date: April 12, 2013
h/t Fukushima Update
[...] TEPCO’s handout for the press on April 13, 2013 shows that beta nuclides are being detected in the water taken from either the drains or the leak detection pipes or both in not only the ponds Nos 1, 2, 3 but all seven of these in-the-ground storage ponds [...]
See also: Asahi: ALL radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi leaking? "We are giving priority to the No. 2 tank, whose conditions are worse"
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