Japan is still dealing with the effects of the devastating Fukushima meltdown in 2011, triggered when a tsunami struck the nuclear power plant.
Over one million tons of contaminated water is stored at the site and it’s believed that there won’t be any space for it by summer 2022. To remedy the issue, Japan’s environmental minister suggested that the operator of the plant should dump it directly into the Pacific Ocean, a solution that isn’t making anyone happy but is especially angering to the local fishermen.
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has struggled to manage the buildup of groundwater, which becomes contaminated when mixed with water used to prevent the damaged reactor cores from melting.
Regardless of the ultimate solution, Japan is under immense pressure to address the problem before it hosts the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer.