Japan suspends waste water nuclear operation

Jun 18, 2011 by Hiroshi Hiyama
Members of government panel are seen here inspecting the damaged building housing reactor number three at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, on June 17. Tokyo Electric Power said it stopped treating highly radioactive waste water at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant just hours after the system came online because parts needed to be replaced.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Saturday halted an operation to clean highly contaminated waste water at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant due to higher-than-expected radiation levels.

The embattled operator of the stricken Daiichi facility said it had suspended the procedure just hours after it started because a new part was needed, adding that it did not know when it would resume.

Part of the system that absorbs radioactive had reached its processing capacity and needed to be replaced far earlier than expected, TEPCO officials said.

The operation started at 8:00 pm Friday (1100 GMT) and was stopped five hours later, said TEPCO, which had earlier expected the part to last for one month.

"We are studying the cause of this," said Junichi Matsumoto, TEPCO official in charge of nuclear operations.

TEPCO officials speculated that highly radioactive mud might have entered the treatment system or that was more radioactive than previously measured.

"We do not have a firm timing as to when we can resume the operation of the water treatment facility," Matsumoto told a news conference.

TEPCO has struggled to cool overheating reactors at the plant, hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami on March 11.

The wave knocked out reactor cooling systems and , sparking meltdowns, explosions and radiation leaks.

The world's worst since Chernobyl in 1986 has caused radioactive material to spew into the air, ground and sea and forced the evacuation of 80,000 people in a 20-kilometre (12-mile) radius.

Workers have pumped water into reactor cores and fuel rod pools, leaving more than 100,000 tonnes of contaminated water in basements, drains and ditches, some of which has leaked into the ocean.

The must be decontaminated before it can be stored or recycled back through the reactors to cool them.

Pumping out the highly should then allow workers to start longer-term repair work to the cooling systems.

Meanwhile, the industry minister said other nuclear power reactors, which were temporarily taken offline for inspections and to install additional safety measures, were safe to operate.

Banri Kaieda said nuclear reactors were necessary to provide enough electricity to power industries and households.

"If the nuclear power plants are not able to operate even with the (additional) safety measures, it could cause industries to stagnate and increase the worries in the lives of the Japanese people," Kaieda told reporters.

"I ask for cooperation from residents of local communities," he said.

Kaieda needs the agreement of local governments to bring reactors online and it was not clear how communities hosting the nuclear plants would respond to his appeal.

Of Japan's 54 commercial nuclear reactors, 17 are currently operating, the ministry said. Two other units are in test operation but offline.

The remaining 35 , including six at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, have remained shutdown due to quake damage or routine inspections, according to local media.

Resource-poor Japan generates about 30 percent of its power from nuclear plants.

The centre-left government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced a major energy policy review that would promote solar and other alternative energies.

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stanfrax
not rated yet Jun 18, 2011
http://www.nation...565.html - does anyone think this would work as they tip it into the sea of our planet http://en.wikiped.../Zeolite
Mayday
4 / 5 (4) Jun 18, 2011
Well. It looks as though when faced with actually addressing the scale of this calamity, all the lies may have to stop. Weeping politicians and clever PR releases are no match for what has happened there. At some point, we can only hope, probably many years off, a real and honest investigation may finally take place. IMO, those responsible should be found guilty of crimes against humanity.
Caliban
not rated yet Jun 18, 2011
It most definitely appears that the true magnitude and extent of this disaster have been deliberately downplayed. The consequences are sure to be much more far-reaching, geographically speaking, and long-lived than the official sources woud have us believe:

http://www.altern...&t=5

And now this potential disaster looms:

http://www.care2....r-plant/

A banner decade for disasters, so far.

hush1
3 / 5 (2) Jun 18, 2011
Awaiting Modern-mystic's response.
"Remember, you heard it here from me first"
A breech of all containment including PRV can not happen.
I remember. I do.
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