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The Ministry of the Environment is preparing to use state-owned land in Shioya town in Tochigi Prefecture to permanently store radioactive waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it has been learned.

The ministry has been searching for a location to construct a facility to store “designated waste” including radioactive materials from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. On July 30, Deputy Environment Minister Shinji Inoue visited the Shioya town office and asked Mayor Kazuhisa Mikata to agree to a detailed inspection of the area.

Following the meeting, Mikata stated that he was “opposed to construction” of such a facility but indicated that he would engage in discussions with the ministry.

The designated waste includes straw and incinerated ash with a level of radioactivity of 8,000 becquerels or more per kilogram. In 2012, the ministry named the Tochigi Prefecture city of Yaita as a prospective location to build a permanent storage site, but it did not provide explanations to the town in advance, which resulted in local opposition, sending the ministry’s plans back to the drawing board. Later, local officials agreed to settle on a single location in which a detailed survey would be conducted. The ministry had acted swiftly to make a selection. A total of roughly 14,000 tons of designated waste remains in Tochigi Prefecture.

 

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Tochigi town favored as permanent radioactive waste storage site (Japan Times)


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