The removal of spent fuel from two of the reactors at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant has been delayed as Japanese public demand end to nuclear energy. This delay comes days after Japan’s government proposed releasing contaminated water from the plant into the ocean. The removal of the spent fuel was planned to begin in 2023, but the process was bumped back to 2024 at the earliest for the plant’s No. 1 reactor and 2027 or later for the No. 2 reactor.
Reports claim that the clean-up is being delayed due to safety concerns and that it plans to construct barriers around the reactors to prevent the spread of radioactive dust. The delay comes days after the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry proposed releasing contaminated water from the plant into the ocean or allowing it to evaporate, and weeks after the ministry said the water contained higher levels of radioactive material than previously thought.