The Japanese government is once again being forced to deal with TEPCO’s mess. As if the company’s handling of the Fukushima disaster wasn’t bad enough already, the government is now forced to step in and foot the bill for a £300 million plan to construct a giant ice wall under the plant to stop Japan from becoming the world’s leading exporter of three-eyed green fin tuna.
It has recently emerged that up to 400 tonnes of radioactive water leaks from the wrecked nuke station out to sea every single day. Rather than changing all the menus in the country, the government decided radical measures are called for. Although the idea may sound radical, it is nothing new.
The Soviets also tried to place a huge cryogenic plant under the Chernobyl plant, but eventually they just decided to fill the excavated cavity with concrete. For some reason, people who opposed the cunning plan and didn’t agree with the cover-up were usually found dangling from ceiling fixtures and wooden beams. As Stalin once put it: “Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.”
Freezing the ground works, and the approach has been applied in many tunnel and mining projects around the world. But this time it is a bit different, as the patch of frozen ground will have to be quite a bit bigger than what engineers usually do when building tunnels or mineshafts, reports Gizmodo.
Some punters believe the announcement was timed to coincide with the Olympic Committee’s decision on Tokyo’s candidacy to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
We’re wondering where all the water will go once the “ice wall” is constructed?