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Prefabricated Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Prefabricated Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

As part of the efforts by the government and METI to improve the contaminated water problem at Fukushima Daiichi new tanks have been being installed. Some tanks were welded together on site. A new set of tanks is being prefabricated elsewhere and shipped to the plant for installation. The pre-assembled tanks are put together and shipped by barge to the plant where they are transferred by crane to a flat bed trailer and driven to the … Read entire article »

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Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Hyogo prefecture has been stalling the release of a nuclear crisis study’s data. A freedom of information act request mandated the release of the information to the public but the government has stalled doing this leading some to believe they are hiding the extent of the risk to the public from nearby nuclear plants. If you thought TEPCO was treating the residents of Fukushima horribly, the treatment of their own employees has been even worse. In … Read entire article »

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Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

The Japanese government has been wooing the media with claims that all the contamination in the food supply has miraculously just gone away. This is of course not exactly what is going on. Some food products have been able to lower contamination levels by modifying farming tactics, but this has been a very limited set of circumstances. What is not mentioned is how many foods are still being held back from sale and that they … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Reactor Water Pump Switch Mistaken For Air Conditioner

Fukushima Reactor Water Pump Switch Mistaken For Air Conditioner

TEPCO still has not completely ruled out this being a deliberate act, but is assuming it may have been a worker error. Earlier in the week highly contaminated reactor water was pumped into the basements of two service buildings up on the hill. TEPCO explains that the switches for the pumps only identified with a number looked similar to a set of switches for the air conditioner system. TEPCO claims these switches were marked accurately … Read entire article »

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High Level Water Leak At Fukushima ALPS System

High Level Water Leak At Fukushima ALPS System

NHK is reporting the leak of water being injected into a high impact storage container at the ALPS decontamination system. TEPCO’s reports made the leaked water sound minor in size and radioactivity. NHK reports it to be far worse. “The utility says more than 1,000 liters of water overflowed and are now within a barrier inside the ALPS building. The firm says the water contains 3.8 million becquerels of beta ray emitting materials such as strontium and … Read entire article »

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Corium Experiments; Pedestal Behaviors Using Lead

Corium Experiments; Pedestal Behaviors Using Lead

As part of the ongoing work to better understand how corium (melted reactor fuel) can behave after burning through the reactor vessel we have completed another set of experiments. SimplyInfo.org member Edano prepared and ran tests using lead as the melt material. Lead had been used to stand in for melted reactor fuel in some of the very early experiments at Brookhaven National Lab in the US. The previous set of experiments involved melted glass … Read entire article »

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Radiation Level At Koriyama School Same As Near Daiichi

Radiation Level At Koriyama School Same As Near Daiichi

This report today by 47 news shows the decontamination work underway in a school yard of a Koriyama elementary school. The radiation level seen in the photo is about 3 uSv/h. This is the same radiation level a citizen documented in Tomioka recently, we reported on that yesterday. Tomioka is in the evacuation zone and is one of the towns that the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site resides in. Both readings were taken in a similar manner … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Towns Take A Stand Against IAEA, UNSCEAR

Fukushima Towns Take A Stand Against IAEA, UNSCEAR

A number of towns in Fukushima prefecture have decided to fight the IAEA & UNSCEAR over misuse and abuse of the data of the exposed populations. The Japanese government sent out an email that the IAEA was being requested by the IAEA for their reports and that it was “necessary”. Half of the municipalities contacted have refused to hand over radiation exposure data of the residents. The initial email from the government gave reason to be … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fuel Fragment Found In Home Vacuum Bag 460km From Disaster Site

Fukushima Fuel Fragment Found In Home Vacuum Bag 460km From Disaster Site

Marco Kaltofan at Worcester
 Polytechnic 
Institute has issued more information about some unusual findings from a home vacuum cleaner bag they tested. The vacuum bag came from a home in Nagoya Japan, 460 km south and west of Fukushima Daiichi. We reported earlier on their discovery that something was very “off” with this sample sent in for examination. More details have been released as the additional testing was completed and found that: The single radioactive particle was identified … Read entire article »

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Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens continue to find government radiation monitoring stations that read lower than the actual reading for the location. This one in Tomioka was off by a full microsievert per hour. These discrepancies become a considerable problem when they are then used to estimate possible human exposure on an annual scale or to declare potential health risks over time. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Highly Radioactive Water Accidentally Released From Reactor Basement

Fukushima Highly Radioactive Water Accidentally Released From Reactor Basement

TEPCO has admitted that highly radioactive water from reactor building basements was pumped out of the buildings into the basements of other buildings. In order to do this workers would have had to manually operate the pumps. These pumps are used to reverse water into the reactor buildings or send it to other destinations. They are still investigating how the incident happened. Asahi Shimbun cited the water as being contaminated with tens of millions of … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 638 Fuel Assemblies Removed

Fukushima Unit 4; 638 Fuel Assemblies Removed

638 spent fuel assemblies have been removed from the unit 4 spent fuel pool to the common pool as of today. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Ignores Tank Alarms For Hours, Here Is Why

TEPCO Ignores Tank Alarms For Hours, Here Is Why

Ex SKF found the reason why TEPCO workers had been ignoring the new tank alarms for hours at a time. All of the tank alarms feed into a monitoring room where a PC is used to keep track of the tank data. Someone turned off the volume on the PC so the workers never heard the audio alarm. This apparently was like this for months. Read the whole thing here: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/04/fukushima-i-npp-tank-alarm-didnt-sound.html This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

TEPCO has admitted that the radioactive sludge leak from the H4 tank farm last August was more than three times worse than admitted. TEPCO has already been under fire for hiding or downplaying information leading up to the IOC decision on who would host the next summer Olympics in September. The leak was initially rated at 80 million becquerels of strontium 90, part of which leaked into the Pacific. At this rate the NRA had declared … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Students Left With Few Good Choices

Fukushima Students Left With Few Good Choices

Some students in Fukushima have returned to schools on the edges of the evacuation zone. A school in Tamura reopened even though few families have returned. Students are given an hour bus ride into the area that was formerly part of the evacuation zone to attend school each day. There have been considerable disputes about the reopening of Tamura after it was discovered that the radiation levels were still high and the government had doctored … Read entire article »

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Fukushima’s Atomic Shopping Basket

Fukushima’s Atomic Shopping Basket

This was found in a report on robotic decontamination work being conducted inside unit 3. Workers have had to innovate to overcome specific challenges when working with robots to do tasks within the reactor buildings. In this effort two robots are cleaning up debris inside unit 3′s first floor area. The areas are too radioactive 3 years later to have workers stay in the building for more than brief minutes. Packbot and SoRa are cleaning the … Read entire article »

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US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

A coalition of groups and the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network are asking people to call, write or email Congress today to demand effective and transparent testing of the food supply for radiation contamination. More information about the national call in day today (April 10, 2014) can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/RADSrBAD2EAT Congressional contacts can be found here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml FFAN has been pushing for the FDA to use a more scientifically sound “intervention level” for radioactive contamination in the US food … Read entire article »

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Drone Photographs Fukushima Evacuation Zone

Drone Photographs Fukushima Evacuation Zone

A drone camera has been used to take panorama photos inside the evacuation zone. Taichi Furuhashi and the Center For Spacial Information Science photographed three towns,  Iitate village, Hisanohama, and Tomioka. The 2014 new photos can be found here. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2; 5th Floor Work Progresses.. Sort of.

Fukushima Unit 2; 5th Floor Work Progresses.. Sort of.

TEPCO released some images and information about the work progress on the 5th floor refueling floor of unit 2. This is where the Warrior robot became stranded and had to be abandoned after they were unable to restart it. They have managed to cut down one of the reactor well fences using the Warrior robot. The second fence further across the refueling floor is where Warrior failed. It appears to have hung itself up while cutting … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 594 Fuel Assemblies Removed

Fukushima Unit 4; 594 Fuel Assemblies Removed

594 fuel assemblies have been removed to the common pool from unit 4′s spent fuel pool. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Shield Wall Installation Begins

Fukushima Unit 3 Shield Wall Installation Begins

Decontamination work and installation of a shield wall around the reactor well has begun at unit 3 Fukushima Daiichi. The colored sections on the diagram indicate where various types of decontamination will be attempted before the shield wall will go up around the reactor well. The hope is to cut down on radiation from the area so workers can be closer to the refueling floor and to cut down on radiation impact it is causing … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Pool Debris Removal Progress

Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Pool Debris Removal Progress

TEPCO has accomplished some debris removal from the spent fuel pool as documented in this report. Earlier in 2014 work was conducted to remove debris that was primarily rebar and handrails. Work in March began to focus on removal roof trussing so they could get closer to removing the fuel handling machine and mast. The pool is still quite full of fine debris on top of the fuel racks as can be seen in the photo. … Read entire article »

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IPPNW Disputes Accuracy Of UNSCEAR Report On Fukushima

IPPNW has disputed the accuracy of the new UNSCEAR report on the Fukushima disaster. We reviewed the report last year by UNSCEAR and found a similar string of bias, inaccuracies and purposeful manipulation of data to achieve a desired outcome. IPPNW found many issues in this year’s UNSCEAR report including: UNSCEAR uses the fact that cancer can not be traced back to an origin to explain away any potential cancers from the Fukushima disaster. This tactic is well known among the tobacco and asbestos industries. The source of the data used by UNSCEAR is primarily the IAEA, TEPCO and the Japanese government. Anyone who has been following events in Fukushima knows none of these sources are considered unbiased or accurate. Much dispute about the validity of the data from these entities exists. All … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Work Stopped Due To Tsunami Warning

Fukushima Daiichi Work Stopped Due To Tsunami Warning

Due to the tsunami warning caused by the earthquake in Chile, work at the plant was called off yesterday. There was no formal announcement of the resumption of work as of this morning US time. Routine reports including well testing were released later in the day. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources … Read entire article »

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Unit 2 Frozen Trench Installation Begins At Fukushima Daiichi

Unit 2 Frozen Trench Installation Begins At Fukushima Daiichi

Work has begun to freeze the unit 2 trench at Fukushima Daiichi. This has been a problematic area since the initial disaster. In early 2011 the trench was found to be leaking highly radioactive water. The effort to freeze the trench is hoped to help block water flow so the trench can be emptied. The existing highly radioactive water will eventually be pumped into the system of storage and water treatment tanks. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140328_08-j.pdf This article would not … Read entire article »

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One Fukushima Evacuation Town Reopens

One Fukushima Evacuation Town Reopens

Part of Tamura city has been reopened by the government but few plan to return. Mostly the older residents have decided to take the government offer to return to their former homes. Mainichi reports each evacuee that returns gets a 900,000 yen cash payout for doing so. Those who stay away for now can continue to receive evacuee compensation. The government threshold for allowing an area to reopen is to estimate an annual exposure of 20 … Read entire article »

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Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

TEPCO released an interim report into the recent construction worker’s death at the plant. The report showed that the worker had been working in a small cave like area while jackhammering concrete overhead. This was under the overhang of the building foundation. This scenario would have been considered inappropriate under the worker safety rules in most developed countries. The hole dug for access to this area of the foundation was held back with plywood and steel … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 550 Assemblies Removed

Fukushima Unit 4; 550 Assemblies Removed

TEPCO has removed 550 assemblies from the spent fuel pool to the common pool as of March 31, 2014. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be … Read entire article »

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The Real Risks At Sendai

The Real Risks At Sendai

The Sendai nuclear power plant located in Kagoshima Japan has been selected as the one Japanese authorities would focus on attempting to approve for restart. Sendai includes two PWR type reactors. Intakes reside at: 5ft above sea level Intake pump buildings 13 feet above sea level Reactor blocks at about 35-40 ft above sea level Road routes are problematic at the plant. The plant is bordered by a large river to the north, the sea to the … Read entire article »

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All Work Haulted At Fukushima Daiichi

After the death of a construction worker yesterday all work at Fukushima Daiichi has been stopped. TEPCO announced in today’s press update that the only work continuing is monitoring of well points and the water treatment system. It was not clear from the report if the police or TEPCO called for the work stoppage. A “safety overhaul” is being implemented at the plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of … Read entire article »

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Worker Dies At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Dies At Fukushima Daiichi

A construction worker at the plant died after a concrete foundation wall collapsed. Work was being done in an excavation hole when the wall failed trapping the worker under concrete and soil. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The building being worked on was not near the failed reactor buildings. There are questions about the situation the worker was in and if proper safety precautions were being taken. TEPCO claimed to the media this was … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2; Warrior Robot Stranded On Refueling Floor

Fukushima Unit 2; Warrior Robot Stranded On Refueling Floor

The Warrior robot tipped over and remains stranded on the unit 2 refueling floor. The robot was inserted through the now covered blow out panel in the side wall to conduct inspection work towards repair work for the building. The robot depends on a power cable tether to keep it charged. The batteries had discharged and it requires someone to flip a switch on the robot in order to restart it. Due to the high radiation … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4 Fuel Removal Delayed 1 Week Due To Crane Failure

Fukushima Unit 4 Fuel Removal Delayed 1 Week Due To Crane Failure

The control mechanism for the overhead crane in the defueling building at Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 failed. TEPCO is reporting it could take a week to get the crane back into service. This is a brand new crane installed in 2013 when the defueling building was built to remove the spent fuel from unit 4. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is … Read entire article »

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18 People Use “Return To Fukushima” Jobs Program

18 People Use “Return To Fukushima” Jobs Program

18 people have used a government jobs program intended to get people to return to Fukushima after the 2011 disasters. At least one person interviewed by Japan Times cited the hardship returning would cause his family.   image credit | donnawilsonsblog.blogspot This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … Read entire article »

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142 TEPCO Workers Found To Have Higher Exposures

142 TEPCO workers were found to have higher radiation exposures than TEPCO admitted. The Labor ministry found the workers doses were calculated improperly and that they had as much as double the exposure TEPCO claimed. Since exposure numbers are being used to determine who gets additional health screening and could be used as evidence in future injury cases, correct exposure estimates are critical. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of … Read entire article »

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Newspaper Uncovers Government Manipulating Fukushima Radiation Data

Newspaper Uncovers Government Manipulating Fukushima Radiation Data

The government entity involved in manipulating the radiation data with the intention of releasing a different set of lower results was PM Abe’s cabinet. Radiation levels in the cities of Tamura, Kawachi and Iitate were taken by JAEA and NIRS in late 2013. These new readings were taken by installing dosimeters in plastic boxes at various locations both indoors and outdoors for a number of days. This would gather data that would be more accurate for … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Resume Dumping Groundwater Into The Sea At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO To Resume Dumping Groundwater Into The Sea At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has obtained permission from two local fishing cooperatives to dump contaminated groundwater into the Pacific. The cooperatives said they did want a third party to monitor the releases and radiation levels. It was not mentioned who would be that third party. TEPCO insists that the water would have “below 1 bq/liter” of cesium. They didn’t mention here how much strontium 90 or tritium the water could contain but those would likely be below the legal … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; 3.24.14

Sapporo in Hokkaido has made a plan to use hotels to hold up to 50,000 evacuees if there is a disaster at the Tomari nuclear plant. http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO68771860U4A320C1L41000/ Two fisheries cooperatives in Fukushima have given permission for contaminated groundwater to be released at Daiichi. http://www.47news.jp/CN/201403/CN2014032401002018.html TEPCO has restarted two trains of the ALPS decontamination system after the B train was found to be sending out highly contaminated water. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140324_24.html The longest running evacuee shelter from the Fukushima disaster has closed. Residents from Futaba took refuge in Saitama prefecture during the rush to get people out of the area as reactors melted down. With Futaba unlikely to be habitable in the near future, many residents have found homes in Saitama. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/21/national/last-evacuation-shelter-cleaned/#.UzAikc5iLwn Kawauchi Village will allow people to stay overnight in the town but the evacuation order has not been lifted. … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Proposals To Be Validation Tested In Japan

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Proposals To Be Validation Tested In Japan

METI announced today in an email and press release that four ideas brought about by the IRID call for proposals will be funded by the Japanese government for further research. Mitsubishi Research Institute will manage the projects with a proposal process for individual labs to do the hands on work in the near future. The four concepts that will be funded for validation are: (1) Demonstration Project for Seawater Purification Technologies Our proposal (2) Demonstration Project for Technologies for … Read entire article »

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Fukushima ALPS System To Be Offline Indefinitely

Fukushima ALPS System To Be Offline Indefinitely

Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the ALPS system will be offline for an unknown amount of time. The B train of ALPS was not properly processing contaminated water for 4 days without anyone discovering this. The water was then mixed with finished water from the A and C train and routed to storage tanks. This mistake has contaminated a multitude of pipes and tanks intended for lower level water. TEPCO mentioned possibly reprocessing all of the … Read entire article »

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