27% of the highly contaminated water tanks will need repairs in 2016, “1,000 tones for each”


Tepco is running out of the capacity to stock contaminated water, they are planning to discharge it to the sea.
However, 270 of 1,000 existing tanks will need repairs from around the spring of 2016 too.
These tanks (1,000 tones per each) were built provisionally just after 311. They are not even welded, only made by bolts and water stops. The gasket parts don’t last for over 5 years.

In 2016, Tepco will also run out of the spaces to build new tanks as well. Because Tepco needs to repair the tanks and also find the space to build new tanks while they build new tanks, they might discharge further volume of contaminated water to the sea.






Français :

27% des réservoirs à eaux hautement contaminées vont nécessiter des réparations en 2016, “1 000 tonnes chacun”


Tepco arrive au bout de ses capacités de stockage des eaux contaminées, ils prévoient de les déverser en mer.
Cependant, 270 des 1 000 réservoirs existants ont et auront besoin de réparations à l’horizon du printemps 2016.
Ces réservoirs (de 1 000 tonnes chacun) ont été construits de façon provisoire juste après le 11-3. Ils ne sont même pas soudés, seulement boulonnés et étanchéifiés. Les joints ne dureront pas plus de 5 ans.

En 2016, Tepco va aussi manquer de place pour construire de nouveaux réservoirs. Parce que Tepco a besoin de réparer les réservoirs et aussi de trouver de la place pour en construire de nouveaux, ils se pourrait qu’ils déversent plus d’eaux contaminées en mer.


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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
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.