Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the ALPS system will be offline for an unknown amount of time. The B train of ALPS was not properly processing contaminated water for 4 days without anyone discovering this. The water was then mixed with finished water from the A and C train and routed to storage tanks. This mistake has contaminated a multitude of pipes and tanks intended for lower level water.
TEPCO mentioned possibly reprocessing all of the intermixed water and some attempt to clean the pipes and tanks.
The ALPS system, designed and built by Toshiba and Energy Solutions (US) has been plagued by problems and failures. METI had been preparing to implement a more advanced version of ALPS at the plant starting in the end of March. No word if this new problem will slow the implementation of that system.
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