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The Japanese government plans to purchase a vast area of land around the Fukushima No.1 plant to build sites to store radioactive soil and other waste created by decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture.

The land will total 15 square kilometers, involving thousands of landowners. The construction of the interim waste storage facilities is expected to accelerate the sluggish cleanup activities in Fukushima Prefecture.

The government plans to start the operation of some of the facilities from January 2015. It is expecting to spend about 1 trillion yen for the project, including 200 billion yen the Environment Ministry is seeking to set aside in the budget for the next fiscal year as land purchase costs.

Several types of facilities are to be built, such as a contaminated soil storage place, a facility to keep waste with radiation level above 100,000 becquerels per kilogram, and a facility to sort the waste that is brought in.
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Fukushima land grab eyed (Japan Times)

Gov’t to buy land to store waste created from decontamination work (Mainichi Newspaper)

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