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Giant Filter From Richland, Washington, Treats Leaking Radioactive Water In Japan

Dec 18, 2014
Originally published on December 18, 2014 3:31 pm

An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington, has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

It’s intended to treat thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

The cleanup company with the fix is called Kurion. Its system of customized railcars works like a gorilla-sized Brita water filter. Only this filter takes out nearly all the radioactive strontium.

Matt McCormick runs this new program for Kurion. He said Japan wants all the stored surface water cleaned up by this coming March.

“And that’s what is exciting about the second system,” McCormick said. “The first system proved its mettle, and the second system will do the same. And again that important goal to reduce radioactivity throughout the site.”

Kurion is working on another new system that would take out radioactive tritium in that same water stored in Japan.

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