Japan has still not come to a consensus on what to do with a million tons of nuclear water six years after their primary nuclear power plant in Fukushima was rocked by a tsunami.
The water stored in 900 large, dense, packed tanks on site could spill if another major natural disaster should strike, The Japan Times reported.
The government has been urged by experts to gradually release the water to the Pacific Ocean, as all the radioactive elements of the water except tritium—which has been said to be safe in small amounts—have been removed through treatment. But if the tank breaks, the contents may not be able to be controlled.
Local fishermen are extremely hesitant to this solution because many consumers are still uncertain to eat fish caught off Fukushima, despite tests that say the fish is safe to eat.
Some experts have proposed to move the tanks to an intermediate storage area, or delay the release of the water until 2023, when half the tritium that was present at the time of the disaster will have disappeared.