Japan promises to erect a wall of ice around Fukushima




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Japan is going to build a 1.4-kilometer ice wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop the ongoing leak of radioactive water. Originally, the plan was proposed in May, but it was only now, according to news agency Associated Press.

Ice wall of the pipe system with a refrigerant with a temperature of minus 40 degrees Celsius will be laid at a depth of 30 meters in the ground. This will prevent leakage of contaminated water from the tanks and prevent contamination of groundwater.

Radiation leaked water was discovered in July, two years after the accident at Fukushima in the quake. Every day from there into the ocean leaks 300 tons of radioactive water. This prompted the government to take extraordinary measures to ensure security in the region.

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The world is watching, can we stop the contamination of water and put the station out of service – said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after approval of the plan of salvation.

Some critics attributed haste in the Japanese government’s actions with the imminent announcement of the decision of the International Olympic Committee to host the games in 2020. For the right to take Summer Olympics Tokyo will compete with Madrid and Istanbul. Ice wall to demonstrate the seriousness of Japan’s intention with regard to safety.

Similar technologies have previously been used to block the leakage of water from the tunnels and subways, but the construction of the long ice wall around the four reactors and nearby facilities is an unprecedented project.

Construction of an ice curtain, which will cost about $ 320 million, to be completed by March 2015. An additional $ 150 million will be spent to upgrade sewage treatment plants. Thus, the total costs of responding to Fukushima will be about $ 470 million.

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