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May 5, 2014

Experts question ice wall plan for Fukushima plant

  • Frozen walls are a proven technology, but experts say the size and planned duration of use at the crippled nuclear plant is unprecedented.
    Associated Press

    TOKYO — Experts on Friday expressed skepticism about a plan to build a costly underground frozen wall at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, a development that could delay the start of construction on the project.

    The experts and Japanese nuclear regulatory officials said during a meeting in Tokyo that they weren't convinced the project can resolve a serious contaminated water problem at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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