Fukushima operator restarts water decontamination system
Published on Jun 22, 2014 5:25 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Sunday restarted its trouble-plagued water decontamination system for the first time in three months, the utility said.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) has been forced to repeatedly switch off its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), which purifies radiation-tainted water, due to a series of glitches plaguing the system since trial operations began last year.
The system has three lines via which it cleans water used to cool reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, where Japan's devastating 2011 quake-tsunami disaster caused a nuclear meltdown.
All three lines are operating together for the first time since mid-March, a Tepco spokesman said Sunday, after the utility switched one line that had been in standby since May back on.
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