As the Japanese Government has put upon itself to take charge with the Fukushima cleanup, it has been decided to spend $500 million for the project. The 50 billion yen worth of public funds will be used in containing the radiation-contaminated waters that have leaked the nuclear plant, some of which are believed to have already reached the seas. Decontamination system is also considered to be implemented and included in the budget.
It has been reported the previous month that the government may use emergency state budget funds for Fukushima clean-up. The 21 billion yen of funds will be taken from the current fiscal year’s budget, although it has not yet been identified where the remaining amount will come from. “The nation will stand at the forefront and carry out necessary measures without leaving the contamination water problems to TEPCO,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a meeting on Monday. The government plans to put soil around the reactors in Fukushima in frozen state in order to prevent contaminated waters from getting through. Nuclear decontamination will also be included in which the budget will be spent.
Waters leaking from the nuclear facility have been mixed with ground waters that eventually reached the seas, which concerns local fishermen as well as the international community. At the meeting, the prime minister reminded the need “to take radical measures, not a haphazard response.” However, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) is said to have reckoned releasing contaminated waters into the seas as storage tanks of Fukushima nuclear plant could not hold the amount of waters that leaked from the facility.