It has been reported that the Japanese government will be spending approximately 47bn Yen to aid the stemming of radioactive water leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. The nuclear power plant suffered critical damage following an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 which crippled its cooling and power systems, with contaminated water now spilling out into the surrounding area.
The funds will be used to construct a subterranean ice wall to freeze the ground up to 30m deep to block radioactive water escaping into the sea, the Associated Press reported today. In an interview with AP, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO [the firm that operates the power plant], the government will step forward and take charge. The world is watching if we can properly handle the contaminated water but also the entire decommissioning of the plant.”
The government has brought Kajima Corporation, a Japanese construction firm, on board to work on the project which is destined for completion in March 2015. There are also plans for an upgraded water treatment unit to remove all radioactive elements from water apart from water-soluble tritium.