Monday, July 11, 2011

A chemical leak forced to stop the cooling system of Fukushima

The company that manages the nuclear Fukushima-1 has been reported to be forced to stop the water recycling system that works as well as radioactive cooling system of the reactors of the plant due to a leakage of chemicals of those used in the process. The manager, the company Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), has colored the water in the cooling of reactors 1, 2 and 3 continues to operate with water and decontaminated.

The system designed by the French company Areva uses chemicals that are injected to decontaminate radioactive materials. Specifically, about 50 liters have leaked inside the plant, but it is non-toxic. TEPCO and investigates the origin of the leak. Moreover, authorities in Fukushima Prefecture have made an inspection in a farming region of Minamisoma after detecting high levels of radioactive cesium in meat from eleven cows from the farm.

The research focuses on finding out if there is proper management of water and feed consumed by cattle on this farm. The team has taken samples of the feed and well water from the farm to measure radiation levels.

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