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Japan:TEPCO starts sprinkling decontaminated water

Friday, October 7, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 7,2011

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has started sprinkling decontaminated water on the premises of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

TEPCO on Friday began spraying the water onto trees cut down and piled on the plant’s compound. The utility says dry trees could catch fire spontaneously.

The water was taken from facilities for temporary storage of water with low levels of radioactivity that had accumulated in the basements of 2 reactor turbine buildings. The buildings did not incur major damage in the March disaster.

The facilities contain about 17,000 tons of such water, and are filled to nearly 90 percent of their capacity.

TEPCO removed salt and radioactive substances from the water before the sprinkling process, and says levels of cesium and other radioactive substances in the water are below government standards for public beaches.

The company also says local communities and fishery associations approved the operation.

TEPCO plans to release 100 tons of decontaminated water daily on about 1.2 million square meters of land in the compound.

NHK
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