Japan is planning to allocate more than $100 million in extra government spending to administrate the problem of the radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. The budget allocation will be increased by at least a fifth, government officials said.
The sum of Y10-15 billion will be used to accelerate work on containing leaks and decontaminating the water, said the officials, who preferred to remain anonymous. Another Y47 billion were allocated by the government for the same project less than three months ago.
Handling the toxic water is only a part of the response to the Fukushima crisis, triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which caused reactor meltdowns. The clean-up, including decommissioning the ruined reactors, will take decades and rely on unproven technology, according to the international press.
Of the original allocation for the water crisis, Y21 billion would come from emergency reserve funds from the budget for the fiscal year to next March. The remaining Y26 billion and the additional allocation will be covered by a supplementary budget to be drafted on December 12, the sources said.