Skip to comments.Limited Effectiveness of Ice Wall
Posted on 03/02/2018 11:21:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
An estimate suggests that the underground ice wall around the damaged reactor buildings in Fukushima has only a limited effect in preventing groundwater from being contaminated.
The 1.5 kilometer barrier of frozen earth is formed by circulating coolant in pipes. It is designed to block groundwater from flowing into the damaged buildings. 500 tons of water used to be tainted with radioactive substances every day.
Tokyo Electric Power Company estimates that the ice wall is helping to reduce the amount of new contaminated water by about 95 tons a day.
It notes that the figure rises to about 380 tons if the effects of other measures implemented earlier are included. Workers are also pumping up water from wells dug around the buildings.
The government will ask experts to look into whether the utility's estimate is accurate.
Public funds worth more than 300 million dollars have been used to build the barrier. The annual operating cost is over ten million dollars.
there’s an idea- let’s make the border wall out of ice
Great idea.... Can you make "beautiful gates" out of ice? If not, scratch that idea. Gotta have beautiful gates
Yes, as long as Mexico pays the electric bill.
“Yes, as long as Mexico pays the electric bill.”
Speaking of Mexico and electricity, I was driving down the coast road from LA. There is mile after mile of huge, thick copper cable carrying electricity. At the Mexican border, within a two minute walk, are two coal fired power plants. No cables led away toward Mexico. Somebody could not get permission to build a coal fired plant in California, so they built mile after mile of cable so they could build two plants in Mexico.
The thought came to mind of a guy talking to a bully. “Here, hold my testicles for me.” What an idiot thing to do; put a power plant in a foreign country.
Yeah, that ice wall idea...not so great. One fire breathing dragon is all it takes to crumble.
Maybe we can give Mexico a price break by using clean coal to generate the electricity...
That’s because the ice dragon brought down the wall... Wait, isn’t the a GoT thread?
Then the ones who do make it across would now be called icebacks
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