27 Jun '11, 1pm

Fukushima reactors being cooled with recycled water

Fukushima reactors being cooled with recycled water

TOKYO : Japan's TEPCO said it started on Monday pumping in decontaminated runoff water to cool reactors at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, in a step towards stabilising the tsunami-hit atomic facility. The effort to recycle water back into reactors at the power plant had been delayed due to problems with the treatment system used to decontaminate liquid that has accumulated during the three-month effort to contain the crisis. The new system recycles the cleaned water for another round of cooling. "At 16:20 (0720 GMT) we started the system to circulate (cleaned) water" at three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, a spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power Co said. The development would help the company meet its goal of bringing the reactors to safe shutdowns by January 2012 at the latest, he said. TEPCO needs to decontaminate more than 100,000 tonnes of highly radioacti...

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