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Sunday, 1 September 2013

TEPCO 'discovers' pipe leaking radioactive water at Fukushima plant (A bit behind the 8-ball)


TEPCO discovers pipe leaking radioactive water at Fukushima plantToshimitsu Motegi, Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, inspects the Fukushima plant on August 26.AFP

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Sunday it had found highly radioactive water dripping from a pipe connecting two coolant tanks at one of four radiation hotspots.
The discovery came hours after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said late Saturday that radioactivity at one of the other four sites measured 1,800 millisieverts per hour—a dose that would kill a human left exposed to it in four hours.
The reading was 18 times higher than a recording at the same place taken on Aug 22, though the company said the first measurement was done with equipment that could only reach up to 100 millisieverts.
A TEPCO spokesman said the radiation of 1,800 millisieverts was largely beta ray with weak penetration force, which workers can easily block by wearing protection jackets.
TEPCO has long struggled to deal with the huge amounts of water used to cool reactors that went into meltdown after being struck by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The government has promised to get more involved in the plant’s clean-up after TEPCO’s efforts came in for fierce criticism.
The leaking pipe was found to be dripping one drop about every 90 seconds, the company said.
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Funny that anyone following this knew this a week ago......... Japan Today....

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