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Gov't orders TEPCO take measure to halt radioactive water increase

TOKYO, May 30 — The government told Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday to take a step to prevent radioactive water from further increasing at its Fukushima Daiichi complex by building shielding walls in the ground through freezing the soil around the crippled reactor buildings.

The frozen soil is intended to block a massive amount of groundwater from seeping into the reactor buildings, where it gets contaminated by radioactive substances.

The amount of contaminated water is increasing by 400 tons daily due to the inflow of groundwater, raising fears TEPCO may eventually run out of capacity to store such liquid at the plant's premises unless drastic measures are taken. (PNA/Kyodo)

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