TEPCO builds temporary storage facility for highly radioactive nuclear waste

Original story (Mainichi Japan) December 22, 2011

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Dec. 21 that it has completed the construction of a temporary storage facility for highly radioactive nuclear waste produced in the process of purifying contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The facility built on the premises of the troubled nuclear power complex is capable of storing up to 744 steel containers, called “vessels,” that contain radioactive substances including cesium. Each vessel measures about 1.4 meters in diameter and is about 2.4 to 3.5 meters high.

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