Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tokyo Electric Power Company continues to remove water from reactors

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation): Tokyo Electric Power Company continues to seek ways to drain contaminated water from the quake-battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant where 3 workers were exposed to high levels of radiation.

The incident took place in the basement of the turbine building connected to the Number 3 reactor on Thursday. Three workers installing power cables waded into water that had 10,000 times the usual level of radiation found in a reactor.

After the incident, TEPCO found that not only the Number 3 turbine building, but also the Number 1 and Number 2 turbine buildings have highly irradiated water in their basements.

The company says it will pump the water from the basements into the turbine condensers for storage.

TEPCO plans to drain the basement of the Number 2 reactor turbine building on Sunday, and is studying ways to drain the basement of the Number 3 turbine building.

Meanwhile at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant, workers continue to pump fresh water instead of seawater into the Number 1 through 4 reactors to flush out salt.