Stalled Cooling System the Latest Problem at Fukushima

This photo taken on August 6, 2013 shows local government officials and nuclear experts inspecting a construction site to prevent the seepage of contamination water into the sea, at Tokyo Electric Power's (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Japan will accelerate efforts to prevent more radioactive groundwater from seeping into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, government officials said on August 7, as critics slam its operator's handling of the issue. 
National Journal
Alex Brown
Oct. 7, 2013, 9:36 a.m.

The bad news won’t stop com­ing out of Fukushi­ma: The New York Times re­por­ted Monday that the crippled Ja­pan­ese nuc­le­ar plant suffered from a stalled re­act­or pump, adding to the site’s on­go­ing woes.

The pump, which cooled one of the dam­aged re­act­ors at Fukushi­ma, may have shut down due to hu­man er­ror; a backup pump took over cool­ing early Monday. The re­act­or was one of three des­troyed dur­ing a 2011 tsunami. Last week, the fa­cil­ity spilled ra­dio­act­ive wa­ter in­to the Pa­cific Ocean.

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