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Cleanup System for Fukushima Created, Tested in Richland

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A first-of-its-kind filter system created in the Tri-Cities is heading to Japan to help with the cleanup at Fukushima. A first-of-its-kind filter system created in the Tri-Cities is heading to Japan to help with the cleanup at Fukushima.
RICHLAND, WA - A first-of-its-kind filter system created in the Tri-Cities is heading to Japan to help with the cleanup at Fukushima.

Kurion made the mobile processing system and on Thursday demonstrated it in Richland. The machine removes strontium from contaminated water like the 400-thousand tons that's sitting in tanks at the Fukushima site.

Kurion says choosing the Richland site to build the machine was an easy decision to make.


"It became quickly evident that Richland was really a place where we wanted to be in terms of technology. That's because it's a technology rich area, also you've got some great fabricators here locally," said John Raymont, Kurion President.

The system is expected to ship to Japan on July 10th.

The company also noted the machine could possibly be used at Hanford in the future.