Fukushima – Japanese PM won’t delay release of contaminated water into ocean

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new Prime Minister says he won’t delay plans to release contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant site into the Pacific Ocean. He has also said that every effort would be made to reassure local people that disposing of this water into the sea was safe.

The water has been treated in a complex process which has captured most of the radionuclides.  Currently more than one million tonnes of this treated water is being stored in 1,000 tanks at the site and space will run out next year. Work to release the heavily diluted water is scheduled to start in 2022.