Japan Moves to Fund 'Ice Wall' Around Fukushima
Government to invest $473M in project
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 3, 2013 6:55 AM CDT
Updated Sep 3, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
This aerial photo taken on Aug. 31, 2013, shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – With dangerous radioactivity continuing to plague Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan is preparing to make good on plans to build a wall of ice around the plant. The country will spend some $473 million on the project, which involves piping coolant through walls of frozen soil surrounding the plant. That should keep groundwater separate from radioactive water, of which there is plenty: An additional 400 metric tons of the stuff are created daily as part of the reactor cooling process. Meanwhile, the plant's water treatment equipment will undergo improvements, the BBC reports.

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Sep 3, 2013 8:22 PM CDT
Japan's Chernobyl abandoned town in the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9923033/Japans-Chernobyl-abandoned-town-in-the-Fukushima-nuclear-exclusion-zone.html "A news report says Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and instruction manuals from elsewhere and borrow equipment from a contractor. The report, released by operator Tokyo Electric Co, is based on interviews of workers and plant data. It portrays chaos in a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful battle to protect the Fukushima plant from meltdown, and shows that workers struggled with unfamiliar equipment." ap.org/
Sep 3, 2013 11:29 AM CDT
To hell with Syria. The whole world needs to get on this problem yesterday.
Sep 3, 2013 9:47 AM CDT
How in the Fukushima do they think this is going to work and be kept up?