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Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into the Unit 2 reactor's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around the core that had melted six years ago, but its crawling function failed while climbing over highly radioactive debris.
originally posted by: Mikeapollo
a reply to: proteus33
Water itself doesn't become radioactive when irradiated as it's a nice stable compound. It's the minerals and salts in water that can become radioactive - and by definition, desalination should remove those impurities.
Tritiated water is a radioactive form of water where the usual hydrogen atoms are replaced with tritium