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Taipower’s ‘dirty’ nuclear plants raise concerns

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff Reporter

Unit 1 at Jinshan went online on Dec. 6, 1978, while Unit 2 did so on July 16, 1979.

In 2005, Taipower itself discharged the water and completed a cleanup of the suppression pools at the first and second reactors, he said, adding that the inside of the suppression pools was in very good shape.

Late this year and next year, Taipower will discharge the water and clean up the suppression pools at reactors one and two, he said.

However, as staff enter and exit for maintenance work, mud and dirt will still enter the suppression pools, Wang said, adding that the future strategy at Guosheng would be to adopt regular cleaning, one of the recommendations found in the UCC report and fully supported by Greenspan.

Experts say it should be done every one or two years.

Furthermore, beginning in the second half of this year, a remote controlled underwater cleaning method will be adopted to keep the vent annulus and the suppression pools clean, with the interval between cleanings to be decided depending on the circumstances, Wang said.

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