Japan 'ice wall' around Fukushima nuclear power plant eyed to prevent radioactive water leak

Japan has adopted a plan to build a wall of ice around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant to stop radioactive water from leaking.

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The Associated Press reports via ABC News that the Japanese government announced Tuesday it is stepping in and will use public funds worth $470 million to fund the project after the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), failed to address the crisis.

Thin pipes containing coolant with a temperature of negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit will be placed on the ground to freeze it down to nearly 100 feet beneath the surface, The Verge reported.

The ‘ice wall’ is expected to prevent water from entering the plant’s reactor and turbines, and keep contaminated water from returning to the sea, the report said.

Radioactive water is said to be leaking from the plant after a destructive earthquake struck the Fukushima Prefecture more than two years ago. Various reports said at least 300 tons of radioactive water are spilled into the ocean daily.

Recent news updates say TEPCO officials found out that radiation levels at the power plant reached “18 times higher than initially thought.” Nuclear experts are reportedly worried about the worsening situation.