Officials in Japan have called the situation “urgent” as new revelations show that as much as 300 tons of “highly radioactive water” from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are pouring into the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis.

The nation’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe himself said the government would now step in where the plant’s owner, TEPCO, has failed. Though the government has already stepped in to “bail out” the private energy compay, Abe now says even more public money will be necessary to fight the ongoing and seemingly growing disaster.

“Stabilizing the Fukushima plant is our challenge,” he said at a government task force meeting on Wednesday. “In particular, the contaminated water is an urgent issue which has generated a great deal of public attention.”

The Japan Times reports:

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