Fukushima radioactive water ‘ice plug’ plan fails

Workers drill pipes into the ground which will be used to create a frozen underground wall to surround the crippled reactor buildings

Workers drill pipes into the ground which will be used to create a frozen underground wall to surround the crippled reactor buildings in Fukushima Photo: AP

Japan seeks new ways of stopping hundreds of tons of water being contaminated with radiation

(SOURCE)  The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has conceded defeat in its effort to create a frozen plug in a tunnel to stop water flowing into the No. 2 reactor building and becoming contaminated with radiation.

Since early June, engineers from Tokyo Electric Power Co. have injected more than 400 tons of ice and dry ice into the tunnel in an effort to freeze a section of the passage solid.

Halting the flow of water through the tunnel, which was originally used to run cables into the reactor’s turbine building, would have made it possible to pump highly radioactive water out to be treated.

Tepco said that it will now experiment with cement and other sealant materials in an effort to stop the water moving through the tunnel, as well as installing a filter to try to slow the flow of water.

Officials of the Nuclear Regulation Agency and other atomic energy experts have raised doubts as to whether that proposal will be effective.

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1 thought on “Fukushima radioactive water ‘ice plug’ plan fails

  1. this is a perplexing problem that is beyond the capacity of man to solve. We pray for Jesus to come and set up His kingdom on earth.

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