JAPAN | Decontamination system fails again

Posted on July 12, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 12 July 2011

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are still struggling to stably cool its reactors. Operator Tokyo Electric Power Company says a key system to decontaminate highly radioactive water has been halted yet again.

TEPCO says workers spotted a leak near a feeding pipe for a French-made device on Tuesday morning. TEPCO is trying to find out the cause and conduct repairs.

Water leaked from the same device on Sunday, forcing operations to halt.

The decontamination facilities are a key part of a system to treat and recycle radioactive water as coolant inside the disabled reactors. But the system has suffered one problem after another since going into operation at the end of June.
This could undermine TEPCO’s target of stably cooling the reactors by July 17th as the first step in its schedule to bring the plant under control.

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