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Kurion Inc. assists in cleanup of waste from Japanese nuclear plant

The local firm helped set up an effective system following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year.

By Kirsti CorreaPublished: March 19, 2012 07:15 AM

Irvine-based nuclear waste management firm Kurion Inc. is part of a team that has removed nearly 70 percent of radioactivity from a nuclear plant in Japan, one year after it was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

About a month after the devastation hit, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) began working with Kurion – along with Toshiba, Areva and Hitachi – to create a water-cooling system that would quickly reduce the environmental risks of the contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

“Under dire circumstances and facing incredible odds, the Kurion team, together with our fabrication partners and the staff at TEPCO, was able to successfully create a system that has helped TEPCO achieve its goal to declare the end of Phase I of its ‘Roadmap Towards Restoration from the Accident,’” said John Raymont, CEO of Kurion.

The Kurion system headed the cleanup to remove about 9.4 million curies (a curie is a unit of radioactivity) of the total 13.6-million cesium curie amount. Overall, the system has processed nearly 70 million gallons of water and removed over 12 million curies within the past year.

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