Those ideas, according to CTV News in Canada, include things like “freezing” the soil around the leak, creating an underground ice barrier that would require ongoing freezing, presumably for hundreds of thousands of years. You’d probably need to build another nuclear power plant to power the freeze cores, come to think of it.
Another idea, put forth by Arnie Gundersen, arguably the most sane observer in all this, involves digging a 2-meter-wide trench all the way down to bedrock, then filling the trench with zeolites which scientists now reluctantly admit trap radioactive isotopes. Note carefully that when people talk about consuming zeolites as a detox liquid, many modern-day doctors call it “quackery.” But when push comes to shove, even they have to admit zeolites absorb radioactive elements. (You can’t argue with the laws of physics. Zeolites work!)
Tepco answers to no one
Tepco “…does not directly answer to any regulatory bodies, including the country’s nuclear watchdog,” reports CTV. Sounds a lot like Big Pharma and the FDA, doesn’t it? Industry is running the regulators.
Gunderson goes on to explain in that same CTV article:
The Japanese government under Abe doesn’t want to admit (to the cost) because they are trying to restart a nuclear energy program and the last thing they need to do is tell the Japanese people that ‘oh by the way, you’re on the hook for another half trillion dollars.’
The article goes on to reveal something rather startling:
Some experts believe some of the radioactive material from the damaged core has moved into the earth. The recent spike in radiation levels in the water may therefore be coming from groundwater coming into contact with the melted cores.
Finally acknowledging over two years of utter bureaucratic failure and delusional propaganda, the Japanese government is now taking over the Fukushima cleanup effort. Today, Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told the international press, “We’ve allowed Tokyo Electric to deal with the contaminated water situation on its own and they’ve essentially turned it into a game of ‘Whack-a-Mole,'” reports Business Week
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