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Japan’s plan to freeze Fukushima toxic water hits snag via Reuters

(Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant said on Tuesday the company’s efforts to freeze radioactive water in the facility had hit a glitch and may take longer than expected.

Tokyo Electric Power had planned to freeze some of the 11,000 tonnes of toxic water pooled in trenches below two of the reactor buildings at the plant and began construction of the project in April, but said the water has not frozen over yet.

The utility is also working on a project to build a 1.4-kilometre underground wall of ice around four reactor buildings at Fukushima to prevent groundwater from flowing in, and radioactive water from seeping towards the Pacific Ocean.

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