Fukushima’s ongoing legacyIn addition to changing the landscape of Tohoku, the disaster fundamentally changed the attitudes of of the Japanese people. Today, the Fukushima Dai-ichi site is crowded with more than 1,000 towering storage tanks. The stored water has undergone a decontamination process, and the current plan is to slowly release it into the ocean. Then, says Buesseler, TEPCO needs to demonstrate that they can remove the additional radionuclides, which they admit is needed for more than 70 percent of the tanks. Finally, independent monitoring of the ocean is needed to ensure that they only release what is permitted and at allowable rates.