Some European countries have decided to phase out nuclear programs entirely. Others, nuclear plans are proceeding with caution. Unregulated nuclear plants continue to exist.
Nuclear fallout is being detected in most of the Pacific, even along the distant shores of America’s coast line. Radiation has been detected in most of the Pacific kelp and some fish oil samples scientists have tested and radioactive isotope iodine 131 was present in California kelp as soon as a month after the tsunami.
The continued release of contaminants coupled with the natural currents of the Pacific Ocean might soon become a greater risk. After being used to cool the reactors, water taken from the Pacific Ocean contains massive amounts of radioactive substances and is put into the water-processing facility so it can be recycled and reused. On March 26th, 2012 TEPCO announced that 120 tons of this coolant water leaked from a contaminated treatment pipe, forcing them to halt operations at the treatment facility. This was the second time in two weeks that contaminated water leaked from the nuclear power plant.