Officials: ‘Nuclear Fuel Material’ or the like leaked during today’s Level 1 event near Unit 4 at Fukushima plant — “We will explain this incident in the press conference” (MAP)

Published: August 19th, 2013 at 10:15 pm ET
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Title: Water Leak at a Tank in the H4 area in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Follow-up Information 2)
Source: Tepco Press Release
Date: Aug 19, 2013
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Water Leak at a Tank in the H4 area in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Follow-up Information 2)

This is follow-up information regarding the water leak from a drain valve of a tank dike in the H4 area in Fukushima Daiichi NPS.

At 2:28 PM Today (on August 19), 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.

The reasons for the determination are as follows:

  • Although we have not yet been able to identify the source of contaminated water, water accumulated inside the dike around a tank containing contaminated water has leaked outside the dike through the drain valve.
  • It cannot be denied that water stored in a tank has leaked from the tank.
  • High β ray and γ ray densities were detected in the puddle of water having leaked outside the dike.

We will explain this incident in the press conference to be held this evening.

Location of H4 area: “Near the number 4 reactor” –NHK

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Published: August 19th, 2013 at 10:15 pm ET
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18 comments to Officials: ‘Nuclear Fuel Material’ or the like leaked during today’s Level 1 event near Unit 4 at Fukushima plant — “We will explain this incident in the press conference” (MAP)

  • snukey

    Quote "“a case when nuclear fuel material (not in the form of gas)". Are they saying that Unit 4 has had nuclear fuel (they say leaking) burn through the pool.

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      The first thing I thought of was the groundwater. If you go back to the articles released in the beginning of this month, TEPCO and other's stated that if the water levels continue to rise around the plant, they would breach the surface on or about Aug. 19, right? Well, today (yesterday now) is the 19th. So, what's up TEPCO? There was a lot of talk about the groundwater rising in the beginning of the month, then nothing for at least a week and a half…now we are at the deadline…what happened?

      I'm not saying this is the case here, there are plenty of different tanks and sources that can leak insanely radioctive water at the Daiichi site. Anyone else think about the groundwater breaching, though?

  • gonefission gonefission

    An article from Japan Times stating that they are looking to: "Hanford offers Tepco lesson in cleaning up Fukushima"

    I cant even put to words all the emotions im feeling….
    sigh……………….

  • dopestone dopestone

    they need to have a press conference to explain how nuclear fuel that is not gas is leaking?

    are the rods in pool #4 melting down too?

  • Lion76 Lion76

    this can't end well.

  • saltyfishlvr

    There's a hole in the bucket?

  • snukey

    dear lie-z-a

  • Kassandra

    Perhaps this explains the strange glow behind unit 4 we saw today on the tbs cam

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Seems like it's spinning out of control.

  • Mezzaic

    It must have been a significant event if they have to have a press conference about it…but I fear we won't hear the exact truth ever from these brainwashed people, more concerned with money and defending their pride and honour and land than they are with anything else.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Yakuza don't give a shit about Mr. Immler's stock price … or huis swanky shoes …

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    “We will explain this incident in the press conference”…
    ??? Well, did they? Or not? And if so, what did they say?