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There are significant questions over where radioactive material from the 2011 nuclear accident will be permanently stored after plans to build repositories have encountered heavy opposition from candidate municipalities.

The central government plans to move the material from existing temporary storage sites in the 12 prefectures where it was collected to final disposal facilities in five prefectures: Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba.

The facilities will house radioactive waste that exceeds 8,000 becquerels per kilogram. This includes incineration ash, sewage sludge, compost and paddy straw. As of the end of last September, the 12 prefectures had 152,236 tons of such waste designated by the environment minister.

The government has selected potential sites for final disposal facilities in Tochigi and Miyagi, but the projects remain stalled amid strong opposition from local officials and residents.
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Permanent radioactive waste disposal facing significant hurdles (Japan Times)


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