TEPCO Uses Treated Water To Cool Reactors (Reactors? What Reactors?)

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Cooling of Reactors Using Treated Water to Start June 27 PM (EX-SKF, June 26, 2011):

(Reactors? What reactors?)

According to Yomiuri Shinbun (1:25AM JST 6/27/2011), TEPCO says the water treated by the contaminated water treatment system will be used to cool the reactors at Reactors 1, 2 and 3, starting June 27 afternoon.

TEPCO so far has 1500 tonnes of treated water. The run rate is about 500 tonnes per day, although in the past week or so they have reduced to less than 400 tonnes per day to prevent the overflow.

Just in time for their annual shareholders’ meeting, which will be held on June 28.

And never mind that the corium may not be in the so-called (broken) reactors any more. “Extend and Pretend”, which has worked for TEPCO and the Japanese government for the past 3 months.

The article also says that TEPCO will start the operation of the Spent Fuel Pool air cooling system for the Reactor 3 on June 30, more than 3 months ahead of the schedule outlined in the so-called “roadmap”. How wonderful. More good news, just in time for the shareholders’ meeting.

Maybe TEPCO’s shareholders will be so pleased with the “progress” that they may be willing to approve the 100 billion yen (US$1.24 billion) underground dam construction (link goes to Mainichi English) to prevent the contaminated water from spreading underground.

The Japanese government still “extends and pretends” that the whole accident is just the matter to be resolved by a private entity (TEPCO), the stance they’ve taken from the very beginning.

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