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Frozen Wall of Ice to Contain Fukushima Radiation
September 2, 2013

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The Japanese Government has announced funding for a frozen wall of ice to battle the radioactive water leaking from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement on behalf of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the nuclear plant, stricken by the overwhelming waves from the tsunami caused by the Sendai Earthquake, which itself knocked out power to the Fukushima plant and thousands of other businesses across the country in 2011.

Since that time, TEPCO has tried various methods of containing the radiation that continues to leach into the soil underneath and around the plant and into the Pacific Ocean. Latest estimates put the leakage into the ocean at 300 tons a day.

The plant is still shut down, and vast areas around the plant are still uninhabitable, with tens of thousands of people still unable to return to their homes.

The plan is to insert a series of vertical pipes in the ground beneath the plant and then fill the pipes with refrigerant, so that the ground around and above will be frozen, creating any further leakage. The plan will cost 47 billion yen ($470 million). Initial estimates are that the plan will take two years to complete.

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