Water Treatment System Fails Yet Again

Water barge at Fukushima, 2011

The trouble-plagued ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) system, intended to filter radioactive  substances from the water in holding tanks at the Fukushima cleanup site, has reportedly failed once again, causing a minor disruption in the leanup efforts.

The system was partially shut down last Saturday after calcium was discovered in one of its 3 lines.  According to a TEPCO spokesperson, the cause is believed to have been a filter.  The filters were replaced and the system restarted.

ALPS, which filters strontium and 61 other radioactive materials from the water, has yet to be fully operational.

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