TEPCO admitted on Friday that the emergency water injection into the melting down reactor may have failed. They began injecting sea water using fire lines that can reach the reactor spray systems at the height of the crisis. New admissions say that the water at least a portion of it did not reach the reactors as they were melting down.
The pipe system used to connect the fire line to the reactor spray lines was also connected to pipes for other systems but lacked a check valve that would have prevented water from flowing back into these other systems. TEPCO admits some of the injected water did not make it into the reactor vessels but does not say how much actually made it into the reactors.
The even more concerning issue is that TEPCO has known this all along since March 2011 and just now is admitting it.
“We should have shared the finding with the public in the belief it would help promote universal safety, but failed to do so,” said TEPCO Managing Executive Officer Takafumi Anegawa.
We will have more reporting on this issue soon, our research team is currently going through the released information from TEPCO.
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