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Fukushima's operator Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site, now known as the worst nuclear accident in a generation.Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) began pumping coolant into the remaining seven meters of its 1.5-kilometer underground wall which encircles the four reactors along Japan's northeast coast.Even now, with the ice wall almost complete, about 140 tons of underground water flows into the plant daily, forcing the company to pump it out and store it in on-site tanks.The huge flow of water overwhelmed cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, about 220 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, causing meltdowns in three reactors in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 .
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