JAPAN | Water treatment system not working as expected

Posted on June 22, 2011


JAPAN | KYODO | 22 June 2011

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that part of a newly installed radioactive water treatment system at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is operating only at 10 percent of its expected decontamination capacity.

The utility said that although the system as a whole is performing above the minimum targeted decontamination level, it is investigating the cause of the insufficiency of a cesium-absorbing device developed by Kurion Inc. of the United States.

During recent trial operations, the installation of the device reduced the level of cesium-134 and cesium-137 in toxic water to one hundredth, although a reduction to one thousandth of the level had been anticipated.

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