Japan’s government is finalizing plans to properly dispose the contaminated soil around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant within 30 years. A special company will be commissioned to be in charge of building the temporary storage facility and then eventually disposing of the soil outside of the prefecture.
But in order to do all that, the government will be taking another look at all the laws related to the wholly owned Japan Environmental Safety Corporation (JESCO), which they have chosen to do the work, and revise them if need be. Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara met the mayors and officials of Okuma and Futaba, the two towns that are candidates to hold the temporary storage facilities. He wanted to discuss the details of the plan so as to avoid any further misunderstandings on the complicated decontamination process that is expected to take decades to finish.
The Fukushima Prefectural Government has asked the central government to put down into law the commitment to dispose of the contaminated soil outside of the prefecture. For its part, the Ministry of Environment has said they will be submitting their recommendation to the Diet to revise the legislation to allow JESCO to operate the storage units up to 30 years but only if the municipalities will accept the construction and operation in their towns. The government will also be evaluating land that will be used for the construction of the storage units and whether or not these areas in the difficult-to-return zones will still be able to be used after evacuation orders will be lifted.
[ via Mainichi ]
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