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Fukushima clean-up suspended again

THE operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Tepco, admitted today that it had again suspended a trouble-plagued system used to clean radiation-tainted water.

Tepco put its advanced liquid processing system (Alps) on standby mode after it found processed water was clouded and unusually high in calcium.

Why the levels had become elevated was not known, a Tepco spokesman said.

The system is intended to clean radiation-tainted water used to cool reactors at the Fukushima Dai’ichi plant.

Alps has three lines, one of which has already been stopped for the same problem while the third is not functioning properly.

Tepco has repeatedly shut down the system because of a series of glitches since operations began last year.

The operator is struggling to handle the growing volume of contaminated water at Fukushima and thousands of gallons are being stored on site with no way of disposing of it.

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