“Nuclear fuel material or the like has leaked” as typhoon approached Fukushima — Breached the barrier and flowed into ocean (VIDEO)

Published: October 3rd, 2013 at 7:11 am ET


Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 3, 2013: Radioactive water leaked from another tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and spilled into the ocean following bungled work to prepare for a typhoon […] [Tepco] estimated that about 430 liters breached the barrier surrounding the leaking tank in the B-South area and entered a drainage ditch leading to the sea. “We believe (contaminated water) flowed into the ocean,” Masayuki Ono, acting general manager of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power and Plant Siting Division, said at an Oct. 3 news conference. According to TEPCO officials, a large volume of rainwater had accumulated within the barrier in the B-South area on Oct. 2. Workers that day pumped the water into the tanks from 8:30 a.m. until shortly after noon to make room for additional rainwater from the approaching typhoon.

Tepco Prompt Report, Oct. 3, 2013 (Emphasis Added): On October 2, we have done rainwater transfer from inside the dike to tanks in the B area (south), for the purpose of preventing overflow of rainwater inside the dike in B area (south), due to the rainfall by the approaching Typhoon No.22. […] At 9:55 PM, we found that the leaked water was not only dropping inside of the dike but also dropping to the outside of the dike via the scaffold installed around the tank for inspections work. […] we determined that this incident corresponds to “a case when nuclear fuel material (not in the form of gas) or the like has leaked within an area controlled by the company due to an unpredictable event such as a failure of a nuclear reactor facility for power generation” as per Article 18, item 12 of the regulations concerning the operational safety and the protection of specified nuclear fuel material at the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS nuclear reactor facilities. It cannot be denied that the water leaked from the top plate of the tank flowed into the drainage (the drainage channel C) via the side ditch nearby, and leaked into the sea. […]

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Published: October 3rd, 2013 at 7:11 am ET


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6 comments to “Nuclear fuel material or the like has leaked” as typhoon approached Fukushima — Breached the barrier and flowed into ocean (VIDEO)

  • How long will it be until the word 'leak' changes over to 'gush' or spew'?

    • We Not They Finally

      It will drip-drip-drip its way there. Unfortunately, much of the population may be in the ER before then….

  • Socrates

    Failure of A reactor is deemed to be "unforseeable?" The word used was "unpredictable."

    There is a "see-no-evil" approach to reality. None are so blind as those who refuse to see. Nuclear denial: the false god dies as the grim reality intrudes into the collective consciousness. Godzilla was a reflection of that archetype lurking beneath the veneer of nuclear safety. Emotions were suppressed that no longer can be denied.

    Chucks of fuel are lying around apparently. Or spills and leaks of contaminated water, or both. Nobody really knows, or they aren't saying.

    I have no confidence that they will be able to control this mess after two-and-one-half years. Too little, too late. The need for a super fund for decomissioning and decontaminating should have been available. Tepco tried to walk away, as the story goes. Then they tried to pay out of profits as they went. The realization of the loss could create a financial panic. PM Abe sees only more nuclear as the solution. This is an endless daisy-chain.

    They have no control over events. No one is immune from this disaster.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Keep up the great work. Nice Job. Atta boy…gotta admit that it must be hard to work and absorb radiation at the same time (with your body)

    Why the thing was built in the first place, that's the question.

  • amberlight amberlight

    Tepco: We don't NEED no stinkin' typhoon. We get the job (of bungling) done on our own!