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Monday, 2 September 2013

Japan to spend $500m on water leaks at Fukushima

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People walk out of the sea with on Toyoma Beach, some 50 kilometres south of the Fukushima plant, on August 24, 2013 (AFP/File, Toru Yamanaka)
(AFP) – 1 hour ago
TOKYO — Japan will spend up to $500 million of public funds to tackle radioactive water leaks at Fukushima, reports said Tuesday, as the government vowed to take the lead in the clean-up.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will gather members of his nuclear disaster response team to decide on the government response to stop toxic waste leaking into the Pacific ocean from the crippled plant, officials said.
The action plan, worth 50 billion yen ($500 million), includes a scheme to freeze soil around reactor buildings to stop groundwater from entering, Jiji Press said.
Water from nearby hillsides has been flowing under the plant and mixing with polluted water that has already seeped into the ground, resulting in mildly radioactive water reaching the sea.
Scientists want to circulate a special refrigerant through pipes in the soil to create a "frozen wall" that will stem the inflow of groundwater, Jiji and other news reports said.
The government will also finance a project to upgrade nuclear decontamination systems at Fukushima, media said.
Of the planned spending, 21 billion yen is expected to be covered by contingency funds in the current fiscal year's budget.
It was not immediately clear where the rest of the money would come from.
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BREAKING: Japan to spend $500 million on water leaks at Fukushima
TOKYO — Japan will spend up to $500 million of public funds to tackle radioactive water leaks at Fukushima, reports said Tuesday, as the government vowed to take the lead in the clean-up.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will gather members of his nuclear disaster response team to decide on the government response to stop toxic waste leaking into the Pacific ocean from the crippled plant, officials said.
The action plan, worth 50 billion yen ($500 million), includes a scheme to freeze soil around reactor buildings to stop groundwater from entering, Jiji Press said.
Water from nearby hillsides has been flowing under the plant and mixing with polluted water that has already seeped into the ground, resulting in mildly radioactive water reaching the sea.
Scientists want to circulate a special refrigerant through pipes in the soil to create a "frozen wall" that will stem the inflow of groundwater, Jiji and other news reports said.








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Questions.
1. Where does the money come from if not already accounted for?
2. At what point should this not have happened immediately after the event?
3. At a level 3 event, should this not be put into immediate action?
4. With the water boiling and the Corium 'missing', how is the ground meant to be frozen by the methods proposed?


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