Lack of planning again foils efforts at Fukushima Daiichi. Ex-SKF found the very bad news in a METI report from a closed meeting. The report explains how the ALPS treatment system is unable to properly filter out the radioactive contamination properly in the state it exists in. The portion of the system capable of extracting that contamination does so but makes a huge amount of waste in the process. So now Toshiba, TEPCO and Energy Solutions are at a stalemate. They can run ALPS but it will be highly inefficient at the stated purpose and create a large volume of solid waste canisters that will need to be stored. So now ALPS fate appears to be up in the air.
All of this is over a very rudimentary mistake. Water testing before ALPS was prepared for implementation would have told the condition of the contamination states within the water. So did nobody do extensive analysis of the water before designing the system to treat it? This multi-million dollar failure sits squarely with Toshiba and Energy Solutions who should have known better. In this case TEPCO appears to be the unlucky customer stuck with the bill.
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