Published: May 30th, 2013 at 11:00 pm ET
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), May 30, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): The Japanese government has ordered the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to freeze the soil around its crippled reactor buildings to stop groundwater seeping in and becoming contaminated. [...] According to a report compiled by a government panel on Thursday, there are no previous examples of using walls created from frozen soil to isolate groundwater being used for longer than a few years. This means the project at the Fukushima plant poses “an unprecedented challenge in the world”.
Japan Times: The panel’s draft report said the government and Tepco hope to create the frozen-soil walls between April and September 2015. [...] A rough estimate suggests that groundwater seepage into the basements would be reduced from 400 tons [every day] to 100 tons once the frozen-soil walls are built.