Oops! Worker Bumps Reactor Water Valve At Fukushima Daiichi Changing Water Rate

A worker installing pipe insulation bumped a valve controlling the feedwater cooling for unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi. This increased the water injection rate to 7 tons per hour from 5.8 tons per hour. Once it was discovered workers adjusted the valve back down.

Such events highlight the fragile nature of the plant where critical systems have no protection or safety systems.

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