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TEPCO is unlikely to reach its target of completing purification of radiation-contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant by the end of fiscal 2014, it has been learned.

The anticipated failure is attributed to the malfunction of ALPS, the multi-nuclide removal equipment installed at the plant. While the apparatus is supposed to remove radioactive materials from contaminated water, the device has not worked properly as planned. TEPCO has admitted to the dim prospects of not reaching the target deadline at this rate.

With the TEPCO’s project to build ice walls to prevent an influx of groundwater into reactor buildings at the plant also hitting a snag, the latest development once again underscores the difficulties in reducing the amount of contaminated water.
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Plan to complete radioactive water purification at Fukushima plant hits snag (Mainichi Newspaper)


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