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Fukushima nuclear cooling system offline for third time in 5 weeks

Published on Apr 22, 2013 3:03 PM
 
A pair of dead rats found in a box of a transformer for the cooling system of the unit 2 reactor's spect pool at the crippled Tepco's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan on Monday, April 22, 2013. Tepco halted the cooling system for a spent fuel pool at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Monday, the third time a cooling system has been offline there in the past five weeks, underlining the challenges the utility faces in trying to shut down the facility. -- PHOTO: AFP/TEPCO

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Tepco halted the cooling system for a spent fuel pool at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Monday, the third time a cooling system has been offline there in the past five weeks, underlining the challenges the utility faces in trying to shut down the facility.

The company, formally known as Tokyo Electric Power Co , said in a statement that it halted the system for the No.2 unit's spent fuel pool for inspection after it found dead rats near a transformer.

The inspection was expected to take 3 to 4 hours from 11:36 a.m. (10.36am, Singapore time).

Tepco estimated that temperatures in the pool would rise less than one degree during the inspection from around 14 degrees Celsius before it halted the system, it said.

 
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