Tepco Holds off Treating Tainted Water

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 01:03 PM gHale

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), Tuesday temporarily stopped treatment of contaminated water on the facility’s premises.

Tepco decided to suspend the treatment of toxic water at Fukushima after discovering a cleanup system was no longer working properly.

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Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant, home to three advanced radioactive water cleanup systems known as the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), discovered one of the systems, System B, was no longer be working properly this past Monday, according to a report in the Japan Times.

After passing through the system, contaminated water came out having levels of radioactive substances of tens of millions of becquerels, the report said.

Tepco officials said under normal circumstances, the system should bring down levels of radioactive substances from several hundred million becquerels to several hundred becquerels.

Shortly after discovering System B was not working properly, Tepco decided to shut it all down.

Once they inspect all the radioactive water cleanup systems, and the faulty one repaired, the ALPS will come back online.

Right now, Tepco keeps 340,000 tons of contaminated water in storage tanks at Fukushima.

Tepco said by expanding the capacity of the ALPS, which can now process some 750 tons per day, it will manage to finish cleaning up this water by March 2015.

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