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Fukushima, the contaminated water from the nuclear power plant will be spilled into the Pacific. And the aim is to restart the reactors

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Despite opposition from fishermen and neighboring countries, the spill of Fukushima’s contaminated waters into the Pacific Ocean will not slip. This was stated by the new prime minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, explaining that the authorities will do everything possible to ensure safe water disposal.

The wastewater, which is pumped from the reactor basement and treated to remove all but one radioactive material, has accumulated at the site since the plant experienced a triple meltdown in March 2011. “I have heard that the water problem it is crucial and should not be postponed, ”Kishida told reporters after visiting the plant, Tokyo Electric Power. More than a million tons of water are stored in a thousand tanks on the site and the available space will run out at the end of next year. The works for the disposal of contaminated water will last decades. Strong opposition from local fishermen who fear losing their reputation already damaged by the 2011 tsunami. Concern was also expressed by South Korea.

Two weeks after the start of COP26 in Glasgow, the global climate event, the Japanese premier also expressed himself in favor of restarting the nuclear power plant: the rising sun aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Currently more than one million tons of water are stored in the tanks of Tepco, the company that manages the Fukushima plant, but the available space is destined to run out by autumn 2022.

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