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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Japan : TEPCO to move radioactive water from No. 2 reactor

Article from NHK News, excerpt :

" The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is ready to move highly radioactive water from the No. 2 reactor to a waste processing facility.

Contaminated water has accumulated in the basement of the turbine building connected to the No. 2 reactor and in the tunnel outside the reactor, hampering efforts to restore the reactor's cooling systems.

The plan announced by Tokyo Electric Power Company on Sunday calls for the transfer of about 30,000 tons of the highly radioactive water to the processing facility.

TEPCO completed preparations for the transfer on Monday by sealing cracks in walls of the facility and checking draining hoses.

TEPCO hopes to begin the water transfer as early as Tuesday after informing the government nuclear safety agency of procedures and safety measures for the operation."

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