At the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, a defect has again forced the shutdown of the decontamination system that is central to the radioactive water cleanup strategy, owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Tuesday.
According to TEPCO, the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) — designed to decontaminate the water used to cool melted reactors — was turned off after leaks were discovered by workers Monday night, Al Jazeera America reports.
At the time of the suspension, the cleaning system had just been restarted after being shut down for nearly a week, due to a glitch, Jiji news network reports. Just one example of the highly-criticized clean-up operation, this system has worked inconsisently since operations began a year ago, AFP reports.
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