POSTED: September 5th 2013
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Japanese government to spend for containment of Fukushima nuclear plant leaks

This aerial photo taken on Aug. 31, 2013, shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan / Kyodo News
This aerial photo taken on Aug. 31, 2013, shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan / Kyodo News

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Japanese government will attempt to contain leaks of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant, damaged during the 2011 earthquake, with a subterranean ice wall and other measures totaling $470 million.

Since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukishima Dai-ichi plant has leaked hundreds of tons of contaminated underground water. The Japanese government is stepping in due to the lack of containment by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s owner.

“Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO, the government will step forward and take charge,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. “The world is watching if we can properly handle the contaminated water but also the entire decommissioning of the plant.”

Thirty-two billion yen will be spent towards the ice and 15 billion yen will be spent on an upgraded water treatment unit, whose purpose is to remove the radioactive elements except water-soluble tritium, energy agency official Tatsuya Shinkawa said.

The 30-metre-deep ice wall would prevent contaminated water from escaping the plant’s surroundings and keep underground water from entering the reactor and turbine building. Kajima Corp. is currently testing the feasibility of the ice wall, which set for a March 2015 completion date.

Tokyo 2020, currently in Buenos Aires to finalise its bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, will hope the Japanese government’s spending will put a stop to the plant’s leaks.

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires Saturday, 7 September.


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