The day before yesterday, the terminal part of the pump motor got short circuit, but actually troubles of the system and monitoring control are happening often. It may be because of the dust or high radiation level but the bottom line is many of these are improvised preparation made of roughly collected parts from all over Japan.
They didn’t even consider maintenance to build the equipment. Tepco was in a hurry, they only made it last for one year. The parts are not particularly for nuclear plants, they are for general usage. The parts will need to be replaced from now otherwise troubles will keep happening though I think Tepco won’t change it until it gets disordered.
There are a lot of competing bidders for the next construction too, but contractors use equipment for general usage, not specially for nuclear plants, and they dump it on equipment makers to build a whole system. They cut the material cost the most.
This time, the delivered goods are not for nuclear plants construction as usual, the warranty period is only about 1 year, contractors think it may not last longer than one year if unlucky, I suppose. Something’s wrong. We need to change it.
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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.