Giant pumps head to damaged nuclear plant in Japan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, April 9, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) -- Cargo jets have left airports in Atlanta and Los Angeles carrying massive concrete pumps that will be used to pour water on crippled nuclear reactors at a power plant in Japan.

Putzmeister America Inc. spokesman Mary Roberts said the Russian cargo planes took off Saturday from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport carrying the 190,000-pound pumps, which are mounted on trucks.

The trucks have an extendable boom that can reach more than 200 feet and pour water into hard-to-reach places.

The pumps normally pour concrete but will be used to shoot water onto the nuclear reactors and spent-fuel pools at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which lost its emergency cooling systems to a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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