While the Japan-based nuclear utility Tepco is constantly dealing with tons of contaminated water, on October 4, 2013 the equipment for water-processing at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was out of usage once again. The latest incident has caused even more problems and is harming the efforts of the utility to deal with constant toxic water leakage from the plant.
The utility said that it needed to stop the Advanced Liquid Processing System, which was the last one to be in operation. The system was shut down on Friday, October 4, 2013 in the morning, after an alert showed some kind of abnormality in the process.
Tepco said that the cause of the breakdown is still not known, but there are no signs of leakage of radioactive water from the plant for now. The recent shut down of the system came just four days after the utility managed to get things up and running again, after a plastic piece clogged the machine, causing a breakdown. The new glitch at the plant is just one out of many problems which surfaced in less than one month.
Due to numerous problems at the plant, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) was quick to scold the utility's president, Naomi Hirose in public on October 4, 2013.
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