Building a Frozen Wall at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Thursday, September 05, 2013

An aerial view of explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 15, 2011. (Flickr user: daveeza)

Earlier this week the Japanese government announced plans to spend $500 million on a new effort to stabilize the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

Though it's been more than two years since an earthquake and tsunami crippled that plant, the containment and clean-up effort remains incomplete. 

Much of the money now being designated for clean-up will go towards constructing a frozen wall to prevent groundwater from reaching the contaminated buildings. 

Arjun Makhijani is an engineer specializing in nuclear fission and the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. He joins The Takeaway to explain how effective a frozen wall would be and his concerns about the plan.

Guests:

Arjun Makhijani

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst and Mythili Rao

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

John Kutsch from Chicago

You guest is a fusion specialist - you should have a boiling water reactor specialist at least.
He is right that the dismantling should happen much much faster, and putting it in a tanker and dumping it in the deep ocean would do almost nothing to increase the oceans level of radioactivity.
The oceans have millions of pounds of uranium dissolved in the water as it is.
Putting the cores in there would do nothing.
And you really must get someone like Rod Adams to discuss the real rate of radioactivity dose.
The public has no idea what dose is.
And the doses that people are ringing their hands over a greatly over blown.
And will dissipate very quickly. And is not as mobile as the claims made.
Please get Rod Adams to help you understand how very very "naturally" radioactive your everyday life is.

Sep. 05 2013 02:52 PM

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