UT Firm to Japan to Clean Nuke Water

Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Utah’s EnergySolutions Inc. won one of the first multimillion-dollar contracts for the cleanup of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

The Salt Lake City-based nuclear waste company said Wednesday Toshiba Corp. selected them to decontaminate the seawater used to cool the power plant’s reactors as they were melting down after the devastating earthquake and tsunami one year ago.

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“Just to give you an idea of the scope, we will be treating approximately 132,500 gallons of contaminated water per day, or in total the equivalent of 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” said company Chief Executive Val Christensen.

Christensen said EnergySolutions will support Toshiba by designing and installing a system to decontaminate the water to safety levels demanded by the Japanese government.

Nuclear power plant owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., selected Toshiba to oversee the plan’t cleanup.

EnergySolutions spokesman Mark Walker said the contract was worth “in the tens of millions of dollars.”

Walker said EnergySolutions expects to have all the water decontaminated by the end of the year. But that isn’t the only work at the Japanese power plant that EnergySolutions is hoping to undertake.

“We’re anticipating that with this first contract we will be able to help Toshiba understand we have expertise in a lot of areas that could be useful to them,” he said. “There is a lot of cleanup work there to do.”

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