Dec 31

- #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling Will Stop Till Jan 4, 2012 (EX-SKF, Dec. 30, 2011):

Holiday break for Reactor 3’s Spent Fuel Pool. (Or rather, for workers who have to tend to the cooling system.)

From Mainichi Shinbun (12/30/2011):

東京電力は30日、福島第1原発3号機の使用済み核燃料プールの冷却を同日から1月4日まで停止すると発表した。冷却装置のフィルターが詰まりやすくなっ たため。東電は「プールの温度は約13度と低く作業員をすぐ招集するほど緊急性は高くない」として4日以降にフィルターの清掃作業を実施するという。

TEPCO announced on December 30 that the cooling of the Spent Fuel Pool in Reactor 3 will stop until January 4 because of the clogged filter. According to TEPCO, the temperature of the pool is about 13 degrees Celsius, and there is no immediate need to call in workers [to clean the filter]. The cleaning of the filter will be carried out after January 4.

プールは30日午後1時42分現在の水温が13.1度で、冷却を停止すると1日当たり5~6度ずつ上昇。保安規定は65度以下に保つよう定めている。東電は、水温は40度前後にとどまるとみているが、必要があれば随時、冷却を開始する。

As of 1:42PM on December 30, the temperature of the pool is 13.1 degrees Celsius. If the cooling stops, the temperature rises by 5 to 6 degrees Celsius per day. The safety regulation specifies that the pool is kept at 65 degrees Celsius and below. TEPCO expects the temperature to rise to about 40 degrees Celsius, but the cooling will be resumed at any time if necessary.

The first week of a new year is always filled with mind-numbingly silly shows on TV in Japan. I wonder how it will be in 2012.

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