Water decontamination system at Fukushima nuclear plant halted due to defect
TOKYO (AFP) - A system to decontaminate radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has been halted due to a defect only hours after it started operations, the plant's operator said on Saturday.
The Advanced Liquid Processing System (Alps) is designed to remove radioactive materials contained in contaminated water and is expected to play a crucial role in the utility's fight against the toxic water accumulating at the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said.
The equipment was started in the early hours of Friday but was stopped at 10.37pm on the same day when it was found not to be properly flushing fluid used to remove radioactive particles, Tepco said in a press release.
"We are in the process of investigating the cause of the incident," the statement said.