Fukushima worker accidentally turns off nuclear plantís cooling systems
2013-10-08 0:00

By Chris Pleasance | MailOnline



A worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant accidentally pushed a button turning off power to the four badly damaged reactors yesterday.

Japanís Nuclear Regulation Authority said that a worker carrying out inspections had turned off pumps injecting cooling water into the unstable reactors.

The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, pours hundreds of tonnes of water a day over the reactors to keep them cool after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 triggered meltdowns and explosions.

Despite the employeeís blunder, officials say a backup system kicked in immediately.

It is just the latest in a string of worrying mishaps which reveal just how vulnerable the power plant still is, two years on from the disaster.

Earlier this year, Tepco lost power to cool spent uranium fuel rods at the plant after a rat tripped an electrical wire.

And just last week the company also found that 430 litres of highly radioactive water had leaked from one of the hastily built storage tanks.

The tank lacked a gauge designed to warn people when it is dangerously full, meaning workers overfilled it.

TEPCO said the water spilled out of a concrete barrier surrounding the tank and believed that most of it reached the sea via a ditch next to the river.

A further 300 tonnes of contaminated water leaked into the ocean back in August, which is on top of the 300 tonnes of groundwater which the company admitted could be seeping into the ocean per day.

Japanís government stepped up support for the embattled utility last month, pledging half a billion dollars to help contain contaminated water.

[...]

Read the full article at: dailymail.co.uk




Related Articles
Fast-food chain to start growing produce near Fukushimaís contaminated zone
Japan PM wants Fukushima plant entirely scrapped
Typhoon hits Japan, Fukushima operator releases radiation water into sea
Fukushima/TEPCO/Kan IMMUNE from Prosecution
Donít Worry Radiation From Fukushima is Harmless


Latest News from our Front Page

White House Pushes Race War, Then Blames Guns For Flanagan's "Race War"
2015-08-27 5:04
"You want a race war (expletive)?" Asked shooter The Obama administration is blaming guns for the WBDJ-TV shooting, even though the shooter, Vester Flanagan, was influenced by the White House’s race baiting. The White House has been falsely insinuating that racism is the dominant factor behind numerous events over the past several years, even those that didn’t involve race at all, and ...
How Google Destroyed the Internet
2015-08-27 5:12
The internet was created to resolve a simple problem: in communications networks, any central node through which all messages passed was vulnerable to attack or takeover. To counter this, engineers designed a network where any node would pass messages to other nodes, routing around any damage. Then came commerce and the democratization of the internet. Under this model, frightened sheep flock to ...
German government opens borders to all Syrians
2015-08-27 4:00
The German government has flung open Germany‚Äôs borders to any and all Syrians, regardless of whether they claim to be asylum seekers. A statement from the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees said that ‚ÄúGermany will become the member state responsible for processing their claims.‚ÄĚ This new diktat means Syrians will no longer have their asylum cases reviewed to see if ...
Left Pushes End of Church Tax Exemptions
2015-08-27 2:51
Emboldened by their latest win in the Supreme Court over same-sex "marriage," the left has been trumpeting the cause tax exemptions for religious institutions at a much faster rate, setting the stage for it to become a national agenda.   Immediately following the Supreme Court decision that declared same-sex marriage legal, Time's Mark Oppenheimer openly declared that churches should be stripped of their ...
Meet America’s First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals
2015-08-27 2:05
When schools in California’s Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito will eat fresh, local food ...
More News »