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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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TEPCO To Release Groundwater At Fukushima, Potential Consequences

TEPCO To Release Groundwater At Fukushima, Potential Consequences

TEPCO has gained permission from fishing groups to dump contaminated groundwater into the Pacific as long as it is below government release levels. The fishing groups asked for 3rd party testing of the water and for government compensation if this continues to ruin their industry. Within a day TEPCO began pumping groundwater into a set of old bolt together tanks. It has yet to be published who this 3rd party to do testing will be. The … 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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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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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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TEPCO To Pay Town’s Residents Full Compensation

The notion of total compensation may not be a totally accurate term. 39 households will by payed a total of 20 million USD in a settlement with TEPCO. This averages out to 512,820 USD per household.  The town of Kawamata was not designated one of the no return zones but factors that would make it hard for anyone to return any time soon compelled TEPCO to consider the properties a full loss. Arbitrators arranged the deal. It was not mentioned if evacuees payments would be deducted from these amounts. These amounts would also likely include any relocation costs reimbursement and suffering. Based on a review of average home prices in Japan this amount may or may not cover the cost of a home including land. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

While the IAEA is busy trying to convince the public yet again that TEPCO should dump contaminated water into the sea, METI has been working on plans to store or dispose of the tritium laced water. In a March 14 set of reports METI documented their plans for potential tritium disposal. The post ALPS water will require removal of iodine 129 and cobalt 60 before it can be handled as tritium only water. METI operates under … Read entire article »

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TEPCO 2011-2014 A Systemic Failure

TEPCO 2011-2014 A Systemic Failure

SimplyInfo.org member Peter Melzer takes a look at the systemic failures at TEPCO and how cognitive processes impact what has transpired inside the company from the initial disaster to the current dysfunction. Read the entire paper on Peter’s blog here: http://brainmindinst.blogspot.com/2014/03/tepco-2011-2014-systemic-failure.html image credit | http://yourbrainhealth.com.au/ 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Withholding Stronitum 90 Readings

TEPCO Admits Withholding Stronitum 90 Readings

TEPCO has admitted they knew about the extremely high strontium 90 readings and the issues with their testing equipment back in July 2013 but did not make any of this information public. The timing makes the issue even more suspect since the bid for the Olympics was being decided about the same time. TEPCO knew of the record high 5 million bq/liter strontium 90 reading in July 2013 but decided it was “inaccurate” and chose not to … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Most Radiation Readings May Be Wrong

TEPCO Admits Most Radiation Readings May Be Wrong

TEPCO has admitted a large number of their radiation readings taken since 2011 may be wrong and much lower than reality. An audit will be performed on old data from 2011 until October 2013. TEPCO called the audit “massive”. Their explanation is that high radiation samples had a “counting miss” where the total level of radiation in the sample is not accurately recorded. Some media reports questioned TEPCO’s excuse. We have not seen NRA’s view of … Read entire article »

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5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released readings for two seafront wells that have not been published before. Wells 1-2 and 1-3 were not on any older reports from before January.These are the first strontium 90 readings for these wells. The strontium 90  reading for well 1-2 was 5,000,000 bq/liter dated July 5, 2013. The “all beta” reading for the same date was actually lower than the strontium 90 alone at 900,000 bq/liter. TEPCO gives no explanation for how they … Read entire article »

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More On Fukushima Unit 3, TEPCO Fails To Explain Levels

More On Fukushima Unit 3, TEPCO Fails To Explain Levels

TEPCO released two new handouts on the leak at unit 3. This gives some additional insight but still fails to explain a number of critical issues. Handout 1: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140122_05-j.pdf Handout 2: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/roadmap/images/l140120_01-e.pdf TEPCO does not provide any data to explain their claim for where the water level in containment is. They cite using pressure readings to determine this but give no information to show how they came to such a conclusion. Available pressure readings show a single sensor for the … Read entire article »

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NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA demanded that TEPCO drop test waste canisters to be used to hold highly radioactive sludge from the ALPS processing system. They also stopped TEPCO from operating ALPS months ago and demanded they test the system first. The systems are all still in various phases of testing due to a string of failures. Had NRA not stepped in TEPCO would have had ALPS in an attempt at full operation with now known flaws and have … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Re-Installs Unit 1 Web Camera At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Re-Installs Unit 1 Web Camera At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO is reporting they will re-install the web camera near unit 1. The camera is not live yet but will give another view of the work 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Many of the workers at Fukushima Daiichi lived in the area. They lost their homes to the tsunami and nuclear disaster just as all of the other nearby residents did. They continued to work at the plant even as they lost everything and had their lives turned upside down. Now TEPCO is demanding they repay huge sums (some around $100,000 USD) even if they no longer are receiving compensation payments. Many saw their ongoing compensation payments … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Sets Up Internal Decommissioning Authority

TEPCO Sets Up Internal Decommissioning Authority

TEPCO announced it will launch an internal decommissioning authority by April 2014. This internal group would include management from involved manufacturers possibly Hitachi-GE. The new entity also claims it would have better integration with IRID. It is not clear if this new authority would have more independence in strategy and spending from TEPCO. 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. … Read entire article »

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At Fukushima Daiichi; What The Media Isn’t Reporting

At Fukushima Daiichi; What The Media Isn’t Reporting

There have been a number of things going on at the plant in recent weeks that do not make the news. These efforts are progress towards improving conditions and also understanding the meltdowns. Reduce Water Injection To Reactors TEPCO plans to reduce the reactor water injection rate at units 2 and 3. They indicated that changes to the nitrogen levels in unit 1 showed a temperature rise that gave them concerns about reducing water injection at unit … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; December 16, 2013

Fukushima News Roundup; December 16, 2013

Banks that have been lending money to TEPCO say they will cut off new loans after this upcoming ones for December. This means TEPCO can’t borrow any more money unless they refinance other loans or create other ways to free up more credit or cash. Another well at Fukushima Daiichi has seen a beta radiation spike. Groundwater well 0-3-2 had 63,000 Bq/L of beta radiation. TEPCO makes another admission on the water injection failure back in 2011. They … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Water Leak Issues May Still Be Out Of Control In 2020

Fukushima Water Leak Issues May Still Be Out Of Control In 2020

Officials from METI admit that problems with leaking contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi may still not be under control in 2020. The advisory panel to METI has made a list of new actions that need to be taken to help control the leaking water problems at the plant. Some included were to pave over parts of the plant to lessen rainwater intrusion and to install double wall tanks on site for long term water storage. … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Strontium 90 And Radioactive Silver Found In Fukushima Fish

Radioactive Strontium 90 And Radioactive Silver Found In Fukushima Fish

TEPCO tested fish within 20km (fish hauled 1-3 km offshore) of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for cesium, strontium 90 and radioactive silver. This appears to be some of the first testing for isotopes other than cesium or iodine 131. Seventeen samples were tested, five fish were found with strontium 90 levels. There appeared to be a weak connection between the cesium levels in the fish and the strontium 90 levels in the fish. The cesium … Read entire article »

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Who Really Runs Fukushima Daiichi?

Who Really Runs Fukushima Daiichi?

Much has been made about the contractor system at Fukushima Daiichi, the worker abuses and cut rate construction. This only looks at one aspect of the contractor system at the plant. Tasks like tank construction have been given out to layers of subcontractors but these subcontractors only do some of the work at the plant. Much of the work falls to what are called prime contractors. These are companies like Toshiba, Hitachi-GE or Kajima. The … Read entire article »

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Warning Alarm At Fukushima Daiichi Caused By Rat Pee

Warning Alarm At Fukushima Daiichi Caused By Rat Pee

TEPCO was again foiled by rats. A warning alarm went off in the electrical switching gear at the plant. Workers investigating the cause discovered a rat had urinated on the alarm wiring. TEPCO has had multiple power outages caused by rats electrocuting themselves as they crawled into the replacement electrical switching equipment. Workers previously filled spaces in the electrical boxes where rodents could crawl in. A small entry space was found in this box. There … Read entire article »

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“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

Remember only weeks ago when Japan’s PM Abe announced the government was taking over the contaminated water problems at Fukushima Daiichi? If you thought it was more of a political stunt you may be right. Asahi Shimbun looked at the history of this ongoing problem and who is to blame. In what Asahi Shimbun called a “troika of irresponsibility” (troika meaning a set of three) they documented the infighting and dysfunction that has caused progress … Read entire article »

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Poor TEPCO! Upset That News Media Reported Fuel Cask Transfer

Poor TEPCO! Upset That News Media Reported Fuel Cask Transfer

TEPCO sent out this press release today complaining about the press, for reporting news. Kyodo News and possibly others flew helicopters over Fukushima Daiichi during the fuel cask transfer process. This took place Thursday when the first cask of fuel from unit 4′s spent fuel pool was moved to the common pool building for unloading. The media has flown helicopter flights over the plant repeatedly to give the public a view of what is going … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Fails To Release Portion Of Unit 1 Torus Inspection

TEPCO Fails To Release Portion Of Unit 1 Torus Inspection

TEPCO recently released videos and reports of their work in the unit 1 torus room. The work was split into two days with one half being investigated one day and the remaining half the second day. TEPCO reports that this work was successfully completed. The video and handouts show day one’s work on downcomer sections 1-4. Day two covered sections 5-8 plus the assumption they would also investigate the section between downcomers 4 and 8. The … Read entire article »

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Japan To Turn TEPCO Into Holding Company, May Join International Nuclear Liability Treaty

Japan To Turn TEPCO Into Holding Company, May Join International Nuclear Liability Treaty

The Japanese government has announced they will turn TEPCO into a holding company. This would shift the decommissioning work into its own entity. The government would also increase involvement in the new decommissioning authority while TEPCO would still have some ownership. It is not clear how this would impact the potential restart of Kashiwazaki Kariwa after the NRA tied any restart to proving TEPCO could handle the work at Fukushima with competence. It is also … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Use New Floating Robot To Inspect Unit 1

TEPCO To Use New Floating Robot To Inspect Unit 1

TEPCO and Hitachi are working on a floating robot to inspect the torus area of the damaged reactors. The new robot looks like a boat and carries a number of sensors and cameras to facilitate inspecting the inner area of the torus room. It has been suspected that the area where the containment structure meets the downcomer pipes for the torus is a potential break through location for melted fuel. The robot is in the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Finally Admits Landslide At Fukushima Daiichi 10 Days Later

TEPCO Finally Admits Landslide At Fukushima Daiichi 10 Days Later

TEPCO is now admitting publicly, a landslide at the plant that happened 10 days ago. We first heard of the landslide last week from former workers at the plant. The landslide happened as typhoon Wipha passed over the plant dumping considerable rainfall. The blocked road is one of the main roads into the plant. This shows not just the considerable vulnerability at Fukushima Daiichi, but at nuclear plants around Japan. Nuclear plants such as Oi have … Read entire article »

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Toxic Assets: Japan Govt. To Make Fukushima & Nuclear Industry Taxpayer’s Problem As TEPCO Flounders

Toxic Assets: Japan Govt. To Make Fukushima &  Nuclear Industry Taxpayer’s Problem As TEPCO Flounders

The LDP has hatched a new scheme to solve all of their inconvenient nuclear problems. TEPCO and all the other utility companies in Japan that have reactors would dump them all into a single new company with a partial ownership by the Japanese government. This would put the government (and taxpayers) directly in financial risk for this risky scheme. The idea would potentially allow the utilities to sell their reactors or move them into this … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Declares Rain To Be Highly Radioactive

TEPCO Declares Rain To Be Highly Radioactive

In a TEPCO press release they cited a valve leak at the H9 tank farm. The said the water had a reading of 0.005mSV/h (γ- and β ray, 70μm dose equivalent rate) Cesium-134: 430Bq/L Cesium-137: 580Bq/L All-β: 1,100Bq/L Because this water was considerably lower than most of the RO water being held in the tank TEPCO declared this to be rainwater. If the rain at the plant contains radiation so high that it violates government water standards there is a mighty … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Finds Increased Contamination In Drainage Ditch To The Sea

Fukushima Daiichi Finds Increased Contamination In Drainage Ditch To The Sea

Contamination in a drainage ditch that still runs to the sea saw a considerable spike. The levels went from 19 bq/liter before the typhoon to 1400 bq/liter after the typhoon. These readings were for beta radiation including strontium 90. Rainwater released from tank weirs during the typhoon had lower levels of radiation leaving TEPCO to assume this was not related to that release. Spikes in various locations along the drainage ditch have been found before … Read entire article »

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Wipha Hits Fukushima Daiichi, TEPCO Releasing Water

Wipha Hits Fukushima Daiichi, TEPCO Releasing Water

TEPCO is already releasing rainwater piled up around the storage areas of the plant. The company said they are testing and only releasing water that meets release levels but they only cited a reading for cesium. The eye of the storm is just off Tokyo as of 8am JST with major portions of the storm already hitting Fukushima Daiichi. Winds near the eye are up to 200kmh (124 mph). The storm should be past the plant … Read entire article »

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Japan Conducts Nuclear Evacuation Drill, Exposes Fleeing Citizens

Japan Conducts Nuclear Evacuation Drill, Exposes Fleeing Citizens

As part of the effort to restart Kashiwazaki Kariwa the nearby city of Nagaoka held an evacuation drill. JAEA and Niigata Institute of Technology had recently introduced a new and improved modeling program to help with evacuations. The evacuation drill used the government programs to predict where the radiation plume would go. This program uses weather forecasts to create evacuation models. In the middle of the drill the wind changed direction from the weather forecast for about … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; Dysfunction Olympics

Fukushima; Dysfunction Olympics

Workers are stressed, nobody is being held accountable, solutions remain out of grasp with the Olympics as a looming distraction. In Japan nothing seems to be working right. Some workers talked to LeMonde about current conditions at the plant. They talked about isolation, low pay and bad working conditions. Workers said many workers lack any training and are not even familiar with tools being used. Equipment given to the workers is frequently old as contractors do … Read entire article »

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TEPCO; Like The Last Days Of Rome

TEPCO; Like The Last Days Of Rome

So what happens to TEPCO? It is painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that the corporate management structure is incompetent and incapable of change. Skilled workers have been fleeing, workers at the plant are hitting their exposure maximums. Meanwhile the head of TEPCO’s solution to their ineptitude is more employee lounges. Even after a public berating last week of the companies focus on restarting Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant over dealing with the disaster at Fukushima … Read entire article »

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NRA Demands TEPCO Fix Problems, Send Staff From Other Plants To Fukushima

NRA Demands TEPCO Fix Problems, Send Staff From Other Plants To Fukushima

The NRA had nothing good to say to TEPCO president Hirose today. In a rather scathing rebuke of the company, Katsuhiko Ikeda of the NRA blamed TEPCO for making “rudimentary mistakes” and said management is deteriorating. The NRA told Hirose to submit a report within a week explaining how they will fix the situation. They told Hirose to bring staff from other nuclear plants including Kashiwazaki Kariwa if needed to gain control of the situation. Ikeda also … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gives $2 Million To Pro Nuclear Village While Evacuees Wait For Compensation

TEPCO Gives $2 Million To Pro Nuclear Village While Evacuees Wait For Compensation

TEPCO payed out their portion of a $2 million payment to the village that sits near their planned new nuclear plant in Aomori prefecture. TEPCO had promised to cease such payments as part of their government restructuring. The Higashidori proposed nuclear plant is unlikely to be completed after the NRA raised concerns about an active fault running under the reactor site. TEPCO also has partial involvement in the Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing site run by a group … Read entire article »

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Newest TEPCO Tank Leak Due to Tilted Tank

Newest TEPCO Tank Leak Due to Tilted Tank

NHK is reporting that TEPCO has admitted the reason the latest tank leak happened was contributed to by the tank being tilted at an angle. The tank contains water with 200,000 bq/kg of beta radiation. The angle the tank is currently sitting at caused water to spill out a gap at the top of the bolt together tank. TEPCO said they are working to deal with the problem with the bolt together tanks. So far … Read entire article »

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