TEPCO Admits Containment Failure Possible Source Of U3 Leak

NHK is reporting some newer admissions from TEPCO on the unit 3 water leak found over the weekend.

They continue to say they think it is a leak from containment but now admit there could be a failure of one of the steam pipe penetrations.

The officials suspect the water is leaking from around an opening for a steam pipe in the wall of the containment vessel. They said the extra space around the opening had been tightly sealed with resin. But they suspect the substance may have deteriorated after being exposed to the heat of the melted fuel and to salt from sea water poured into the vessel immediately after the accident.”

This still does not explain where the water is actually coming from. The water level inside containment is thought to be well below this level by all estimations.

TEPCO also seems to admit cracks in the containment structure of unit 3. While most people following the events at the plant assumed the containment structure to be damaged this is a first for TEPCO to openly admit it.

TEPCO engineers are planning to locate cracks in the containment vessel and seal them. They will then fill the vessel with water and remove the melted fuel.”

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