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They are supposed to be just topping it up, right? Unless it's a "flo-thru" cooling system like the radiator of my brother's Corolla...

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by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 12:18:51 PM EST
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If it's a flo-thru, it's extremely dirty in case the reactor fuel rods are damaged.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 12:21:22 PM EST
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They were pushing an extra 9 tons through as flow through, because theyve cut it back to purely the amount that will replace evaporated, that makes me think that one of the outflow pipes has failed, having hot saturated salt solution pushed into the outflow must have caused  one of the welds or joints to fail, which is why we're getting radioactive water pouring into other buildings.

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 12:26:55 PM EST
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I have suspected that the pipes, the gaskets, or both were the source since reading the TOD article. This tends to confirm that possibility. The other possible sources of radioactive water could well be worse.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 01:54:12 PM EST
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