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March 8, 2018

Experts say underground ice wall only partly containing radioactive water from Fukushima

  • Additional measures may be needed to minimize the inflow of rainwater and groundwater, such as repairing roofs and other damaged parts of buildings.
  • By MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Associated Press

    TOKYO — A government-commissioned group of experts concluded Wednesday that a costly underground ice wall is only partially effective in reducing the ever-growing amount of contaminated water at Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, and said other measures are needed as well.

    The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., says the ice wall has helped reduce the radioactive water by half. The plant also pumps out several times as much groundwater before it reaches the reactors via a conventional drainage system using dozens of wells dug around the area.


     
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