[ RadSafe ] Icy future for Japan???

Cary Renquist cary.renquist at ezag.com
Tue Sep 3 13:39:46 CDT 2013

A colleague just sent this article to me:
How the Fukushima's Artificial Permafrost Will Work | MIT Technology

The Japanese firms involved appear to be taking a go-it-alone approach.
Two weeks ago, a top official at Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) signaled
that the utility behind the Fukushima disaster would seek international
assistance with the Fukushima water contamination crisis. But experts at
U.S.-based firms and national labs behind the world's largest
freeze-wall systems-and the only one proven in containing nuclear
contamination-have not been contacted by either Tepco or its contractor,
Japanese engineering and construction firm Kajima Corp.

One of these experts is Elizabeth Phillips, who managed the installation
of a 300-foot-long, 30-foot-deep freeze wall to isolate radioactive
waste at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory
in Tennessee in 1996 and 1997. While freeze walls are commonly used to
hold back groundwater to facilitate excavations at construction sites
and mines, this case calls for specialized expertise, she says. "You
need to make sure that whoever is doing it is analyzing everything that
can go wrong," says Phillips. "You should go with someone who has done
it before."

Cary Renquist
cary.renquist at ezag.com

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of
JPreisig at aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:52 AM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Icy future for Japan???

     CNN News is reporting that Japan is looking at  freezing the ground

around the Fukushima reactors to keep the radioactivity from  reaching
Ocean.  Is there no concrete in Japan???  Isn't dilution  the solution
    Regards,    Joe Preisig
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