‘Water Storage Nightmare’: Bolts in Fukushima tanks will corrode in just a few years, plant workers reveal — “Tepco says it doesn’t know how long tanks will hold” -Reuters

Published: July 31st, 2013 at 11:13 am ET


Title: Fukushima clean-up turns toxic for Japan’s Tepco
Source: Reuters
Authors: Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito
Date: July 31, 2013


Experts say Tepco is attempting the most ambitious nuclear clean-up in history, even greater than the Chernobyl disaster […]

[…] radioactive water that cools the reactors […] mixes with some 400 tonnes of fresh groundwater pouring into the plant daily.

Workers have built more than 1,000 tanks […]

With more than 85 percent of the 380,000 tonnes of storage capacity filled, Tepco has said it could run out of space.

The tanks are built from parts of disassembled old containers brought from defunct factories and put together with new parts, workers from the plant told Reuters. They say steel bolts in the tanks will corrode in a few years.

Tepco says it does not know how long the tanks will hold. […]

See also: [intlink id=”gundersen-fukushima-tanks-are-releasing-x-rays-in-very-high-quantities-off-site-exposure-to-people-outside-plant-boundary-is-very-very-high-from-bremsstrahlung-phenomenon-hundreds-of-tanks” type=”post”]Gundersen: “We could easily have a situation where 700 tanks spring leaks, it runs across the surface of the site and into Pacific” after quake (VIDEO)[/intlink]

Published: July 31st, 2013 at 11:13 am ET


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34 comments to ‘Water Storage Nightmare’: Bolts in Fukushima tanks will corrode in just a few years, plant workers reveal — “Tepco says it doesn’t know how long tanks will hold” -Reuters

  • weeman

    As I have said before tepco could not run a Japanese tea house,
    Build tanks out of old containers and did not do any feasibility studies on design, it only has to contain some of the most lethal compounds known to man and into the bargin they can not make enough of them, lucky,
    South Korea lunches a ship a day, Japan can not make a robust double lined tank, coated on the inside with glass and on pads to catch leaks, yes the tanks will need to be replaced in time.
    I find this redicilious and don't tell me you are out of space to install, the whole of prefect will never be inhabitable.
    What is wrong with these people or is it easier to comprehend what is right about these people, nothing.

  • jackassrig

    Notice TEPCO doesn't reveal the material of the tank. I bet the tanks are PVC. I see the concern for earthquakes.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Right on weeman. TEPCO is a typical corporation…only concerned with profit. They will do EVERYTHING they can, to squeeze out every red yen during this "cleanup". But more than that, they know the truth, and what they are doing for the lies that they are telling, doesn't make sense to people. It makes TEPCO appear like a dumb stumbling fool…constantly having to apologize every other day. This disaster is way too complicated and unpredictable for them to lie about and get away with it.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Considering the percentage of water being stored in cans in comparison to the groundwater involved..it's a ruse…a cheap ruse.

    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      That was my thought. I am more concerned about what is OUTSIDE the tanks at this point.

    • domjox domjox

      Agreed. Bolts rusting. Hmmm. And the rest of the real volume of super contaminated water is killing us all in the mean time

    • weeman

      Have the Heinz corporation make double shelled lead lined cans and store in a containment building in various locations, but do not release into environment, Anything but please.

  • All more of the same half truths with no in depth reporting. Still hiding the reality. Article states it will be a bigger cleanup then Chernobyle. Must be more toxic but they keep that quiet and only 125 miles from Tokyo, worlds largest metropolis. If true costs of cleanup and disease from fallout factored in those imported fossil fuels are a bargain.

  • ftlt

    Reuters is the scum of scum of for sale news outlets…

    They have are the portal of the dark-side more often than not..

    They are an insidious tool outfit for the murderous greedy free trade growthers – the neolberals world wreckers…

    A lot of cleverly laced mis-information in their often seemingly fair and unbiased reporting

    Know deniers of climate change for the good of their paymasters …

    Their news is for hire

    Corpo globalist front page men – be careful when you read these rag stuffers… They are working on you

  • End of the Road

    Oxymoron: "nuclear clean-up"

  • jec jec

    Anyone checking where TEPCO VIPS are purchasing new homes and businesses? That will tell us all where the safe "houses" are….its not Japan or the West Coast USA. For sure…

  • "Two and a half years after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl…" – first sentence in article

    I get tired of comparisons to Chernobyl. Comparisons stopped after the second and third NPP exploded, 3 meltdowns, fuel pools(?) and ocean contamination beyond belief.

    The only real comparisons of any value are those of the lies and coverups that came during and after the event. 😉

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    None of following is attributed to radiation

    Panasonic > Singapore
    Honda > Thailand, Ohio
    Nissan > Thailand, Mexico, Mississippi
    Toshiba is closing three semiconductor factories in Japan
    Elpida Memory Inc > Taiwan
    Cannon, Brother, Furukawa > Philippines
    Yamaha ATV > to U.S.A.
    Pan Pacific Open Will Move From Tokyo To Wuhan, China

    Sony's debt downgraded to one notch above junk status by Moody's. Sharp, is already at junk status and is seeking a bailout from the Japanese government.

    "We now arrange deals that are very different from what we used to do in the past, that is, those with very strong local flavor with no involvement of Japanese companies," said Takayuki Sakai, chief manager of project finance at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

    SEFCO is a large overseas moving company

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    The rats will be leaving soon too. Likely to their new headquarters in Uruguay.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I was killing some time watching an old "Lois and Clark" episode. Season 2. Some guy and Superman are struck by lightening and the guy gets Superman's powers. Some evil witch sees it happen. She kidnaps the guy and ties him up in a lab, where she experiments on transferring super powers to a lab rat. The experiment works, and the rats takes off like a blur. You reminded me of that. It was a funny episode. Thanks. ———————-> Uraguay!!

  • hubbabubba

    The "bolt up" type of tanks are usually used for dry non corrosive

    Tepco needs much investment. A possible thing to do would be to
    put concrete walls and floor around the tank farms simular to a
    spent fuel pool. Of course a real secure long term storage is

    • Will this hold up in a event of a 9.0 earthquake? Doubtful…

      Would you bet the future of all life on the planet on this concrete containment plan? Probably not.

      But, it is better than nothing.

  • We Not They Finally

    So used, re-assembled junk was supposed to protect the people of Japan? At least at Hanford, they did containers that were supposed to last for 20 years. And that's been handled disgracefully. Well, apparently this is even worse.

    • Here, there is NO WARRANTY on any tanks. They are designed to last ONE YEAR, according to worker on site.

      We are now at year TWO.

      Lots of leaks, lots of danger. Lots of toxic, high level radiation that no one knows what to do with.

  • They dont want to spend any money on the melt down as there is no return on investment. The capitalist model doesnt work well if your expecting a comprehensive cleanup. Dont confuse enept with cheap. Prime minister Abe wont invest the money as he has about a year to fix the economy. Cancer deaths may take years to show up with no way of conferming legally fault or cause. Big shell game with all costs downloaded to the environment. Total Corporate welfare. Nuclear industry biggest leaches on planet. Japanese people willing to pollute our world for their economic well being. Wish U§A would just invade Japan and force them to do the right thing.

    • This is another in a LONG LIST of nuclear disasters and cleanups that were FORCED on the taxpayers, rather than letting investors and the corporation pay for it all.

      As usual, the corporations take the profits, both in good times and in bad. But the public is forced to to take on the risk, the diseases, the deaths, and the suffering from millions of years of toxic radiation exposure. Gee thanks TEPCO, what a nice present!

      Short term profits for corporations are GOOD, long term suffering for humanity is also profitable for the patent drug industry, and the medical industry… No answers for Big C, but lots and lots of profit in it, FOREVER.

      Now does it make sense why no one wants to upset the apple cart? Loads of cash are inside of this coverup, for everyone involved, as long as it all stays secret and hidden away… Even if exposed, there is still plenty of money on the table to be raked in. They win, no matter what.

      No one ever goes to jail for this kind of genocide.

  • norbu norbu

    They bought the bolts from China probably.
    "The tanks are built from parts of disassembled old containers brought from defunct factories and put together with new parts, workers from the plant told Reuters"
    Gee why use new stuff when you can use old junk, it's only Radioactive water. Beyond dumb.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    A phrase I hear repeated often enough is,"Don't handle it twice." Efficient use of labor is the meaning of it. In the case of nuclear power, they should say, "Don't handle it." Bad idea. Shut them all down.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    You know, as the wicked or corrupt barbarians take over positions of power, they destroy everything because they are really too stupid to handle the jobs gained by slick backroom deals. Evil really needs to get back under a rock and let the honest, patient, thoughtful, nice people do their jobs. But if they loved their children, they wouldn't be the bad guys.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    P.S. I have some grade 5 bolts on a very popular internet site. I hope these guys are looking. I have over a thousand of them. Start looking, guys. Like new. Also, I have some real nice duct tape. Ever think about buying up some scrap refrigerated wine coolers? You could tape two old bath tubs together. Probably find them cheap. Oh, wow, what about those water tanks on big stands? Ya know the ones with the city names on the side? I see them all over the place just laying on the side of the road. In every city. Some times there are more than one! Just get some used garden hose at a garage sale and pump it in. You might want to do it at night.

  • Cavebear Cavebear

    This reminds me of a NRC Information Notice with the title: 'Premature Degradation of Spent Fuel Storage Cask Structures and Components from Environmental Moisture'.

    To make it short: They found out that combining different metals in a seal combined with moisture creates a galvanic element (a battery) that corrodes the seals quickly. It seems that they were surprised about that……..

    Now wasn't it the 'baghdad battery' that used exactly the same mechanism to electroplate metals 2000(!) Years ago??

    So much about modern engineering……