Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday that it will scrap decontamination equipment made by Areva SA of France that was used for treating water contaminated with radioactive materials at its Fukushima No. 1 plant for some time just after the March 2011 nuclear accident there.
The equipment has been idle due to a series of problems since September 2011, when another device became able to treat the tainted water by itself.
The equipment was mainly used to reduce levels of radioactive cesium in tainted water by absorbing the substance, TEPCO said.
After being introduced at the Fukushima plant in June 2011, the equipment was operated at low utilization rates due to glitches. During repairs and related work, plant workers were exposed to high levels of radiation.