Fukushima Reactor No. 3 Won’t Hold Injected Nitrogen

TEPCO checking for gas leak from No. 3 reactor (NHK, July 15, 2011):

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is checking for gas leaks in the No. 3 reactor, into which nitrogen is being injected to prevent a hydrogen explosion.

Tokyo Electric Power Company has injected more than 200 cubic meters of nitrogen into the reactor’s containment vessel since Thursday evening. But it says the interior air pressure has increased very little.

TEPCO says gas may be leaking from a damaged part of the container.

Also on Friday, TEPCO restarted a system for decontaminating highly radioactive water after a 9-hour stoppage to vent air from a pipe that was slowing down operations.

But it says the system’s capability is still more than 20 percent lower than the target figure.

Nitrogen injection and the operation of the water decontamination system are essential for TEPCO to complete the first step of its plan to bring the plant under control.

The utility is still suffering 1 problem after another, with just 2 days left before the first target date of July 17th.

3 thoughts on “Fukushima Reactor No. 3 Won’t Hold Injected Nitrogen”

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  2. They could not tell from the photos, rad level, and steam that the reactor took a dump on their heads. Hmmmm…….. Wonder if they will release the high resolution IR satellite photos or the ones taken by whom, maybe the US. I’m sure the blue flashes of light from 3 did not tell them any informaton before sending in Japanese guinea pigs for irradiation. Nitrogen, why as what reactor, what fuel pool. Have TEPCO officials move into the region as they are making residents move back in. It’ a whole new meaning to having Kobe Beef. Send the beef and milk to N Korea and kill two birds with one stone. Why would Japan irrad their own people a muultitude of times when they can share with the World.


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