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NHK - Plant decontamination not working
 The Tokyo Electric Power Company is looking into why a system for decontaminating radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is not working as expected, delaying resumption of the system's full-scale operation.

The firm on Wednesday published data showing the amount of radioactive materials that had been removed from contaminated water during a test run of the US-made system.

The data show that density of Cesium-13 and Cesium-137 dropped to only one-100th of initial levels.

An earlier test run using water with a lower density of radioactivity showed a drop to about one-1000th.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2011 at 09:56:46 PM EST
Japan Earthquake: nuclear plants - Page 637
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/na...302000200.html : There was a mistake on a command panel. One or more bypass valves marked "closed" on the command panel were actually open, so one or more absorption towers were being bypassed.

http://www.asahi.com/national/jiji/JJT201106230039.html : As a result of the mistake, only 1 out of 4 cesium absorption towers was actually being used. After checking the valves and correcting the mistake, the test has been started again with a 50 ton/hour flow.

If my understanding is correct, what this Asahi/Jiji article is saying is that in a normal operation, one cesium tower is bypassed for maintenance, while the other 3 are active. As a result of the mistake, they were doing just the opposite. Yet only one valve was wrong.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 07:01:39 AM EST
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