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TEPCO to use frozen contaminated soil to stop groundwater leakage

The Japanese central government has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to freeze the contaminated soil that surrounds the damaged No.1 nuclear power station in Fukushima in an attempt to stop groundwater entering the reactor. The nuclear plant was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 and has since suffered problems with groundwater becoming contaminated with radioactive substances when it enters the damaged reactor. 

The decision came following a government committee proposal being submitted to Toshimitsu Motegi, industry minister. The committee had been discussing possible measures that could be implemented in an attempt to stop the groundwater problem. TEPCO was then ordered to carry out the plan as detailed in the proposal.

TEPCO has said that the measures described by the proposal will be technically difficult to implement, but that the company will carry out the orders from the government; along with other measures that were detailed in the proposal.

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