Pipes at damaged Fukushima reactor freeze, leak‏

The Japan Times reported today:

Two more water leaks were found at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant Monday in addition to 14 found Sunday that prompted Tokyo Electric Power Co. to halt the cooling of reactor 4’s spent-fuel pool for two hours. [Emphasis mine — RS.]

The leaks are believed to have been caused by freezing. The leaked water included radioactive water that had been purified, the utility said, adding that the contamination level is low.

The water temperature in the spent-fuel pool remained almost flat at 21 degrees [that’s 70 degrees Fahrenheit  — RS], it said.

This followed a series of leaks on Sunday:

Tepco said that around 40 liters of real water leaked from the pool-cooling system at reactor 4 Sunday morning, while probably 600 liters of purified water were found to have leaked from another facility. Water also leaked at other facilities. Another 30 liters leaked Monday, it said.

It is believed the water did not flow into the ocean, it said.

Raise your hand if you believe anything TEPCO says at this point.

In a statement of the blindingly obvious, TEPCO told the Japan Times:

Tepco said Monday that its measures for dealing with the effect of cold weather on piping were insufficient and that it would replace the pipes with polyethylene ones that are wrapped with insulating materials.

Here’s a link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120130x1.html

 

 

 

 

 

The water temperature in the spent-fuel pool remained almost flat at 21 degrees [that’s 70 degrees Fahrenheit  — RS], it said.

 

This followed a series of leaks on Sunday:

 

Tepco said that around 40 liters of real water leaked from the pool-cooling system at reactor 4 Sunday morning, while probably 600 liters of purified water were found to have leaked from another facility. Water also leaked at other facilities. Another 30 liters leaked Monday, it said.

 

It is believed the water did not flow into the ocean, it said.

 

In a statement of the blindingly obvious, TEPCO reported:

 

Tepco said Monday that its measures for dealing with the effect of cold weather on piping were insufficient and that it would replace the pipes with polyethylene ones that are wrapped with insulating materials.

 

Here’s a link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120130x1.html

 

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