$320M project to freeze ground around the Fukushima reactor facility now underway

Fingers are crossed as TEPCO initiates a new battle plan

By Shepard Ambellas

JAPAN (INTELLIHUB) — TEPCO staff at the damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Facility have initiated a $320M plan to freeze the ground around the plant, slowing seepage of contaminated groundwater into the environment.

Although the initiative may have come too late, at least some type of an effort to do something is underway. Most would consider the plan long overdue.

In fact, local residents are still up in arms, fed up with how the Japanese government has handled the nuclear disaster.

Radiation has also been reported to be in the food chain and levels above normal have beed reported in waters off of the west coast of the U.S., causing concern for most North Americans.

The program, after completed, will run a coolant through a series of strategically placed underground holes to freeze the soil. The process is designed to stop or slow groundwater seepage into the environment.

However, RT reported:

The plan is not guaranteed to work, with some experts fearing the groundwater may end up seeping even deeper once the frozen wall is in place.

The soil-freezing technology has long been used for civil construction in areas of abundant groundwater, for example for building subway lines. But it is usually done temporarily, and there is no record to indicate how reliable the solution would be in the long run.

It was also suggested early on, by at least one scientist, that the facility should be entombed in lead to shield from the release of deadly radiation.

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