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After two years of radioactivity leaking into the sea, Japan has at last announced a revolutionary and untested plan to stop the flow from a damaged nuclear power plant.
It involves an underground wall of ice.
ITV News Science Editor Lawrence Mcginty has more:
A large part of the new funding announced by the Japanese government will go towards freezing the ground around the Fukushima nuclear plant to contain the leak, according to local press reports.
The process, which is expected to cost 32 billion yen, will involve burying vertical pipes in the ground around the plant and pumping refrigerant through them.
Around 15 billion yen will go towards treating the contaminated water being stored at the plant.
The Japanese government has pledged 47 billion yen (£303m) to contain leaks at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a government spokesman has said.
It follows the detection of a serious leak from one of the storage tanks containing contaminated water on site.
"The contaminated water problem is getting more critical by the day, and the government felt it was essential to become involved to the greatest extent possible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
He said that the funds would be used for a water containment wall and decontamination.