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Japan:TEPCO installs new decontamination unit

Monday, August 1, 2011

Laaska News  August 1,2011

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, installed new decontamination equipment at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Sunday.

The new equipment, called SARRY, is made by Japanese manufacturers. It consists of 14 cylindrical tanks. Each tank is about 3.5 meters high and 1.4 meter in diameter.

The equipment is designed to reduce radioactive substances in water, such as cesium and strontium, to about one millionth of the starting level.

TEPCO plans to use the new equipment, along with the existing system, for dealing with radioactive substances. After carefully going over pipe connections and conducting a test run, the utility aims to put the new system into operation around early August.

TEPCO is currently using a wastewater system that decontaminates radioactive water and recycles it as coolant for reactors. But the existing device has been hit with various problems. Its operating rate has been reduced to 63 percent, far below the goal of 90 percent.




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