As one possible solution to the ongoing problem of disposing contaminated waste as a result of the nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato is proposing that some of the radioactive soil be stored in two towns where the radiation levels are still too high. He informed Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe and Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa of the proposal to the central government to build interim storage facilities in their town.
Originally, the proposal also included the town of Naraha, but Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto has already rejected the plan, while the mayors of Okuma and Futaba have yet to give their answers. Izawa said he would need to consult with the assembly members and residents before coming to a decision. Governor Sato said that before storing it in the towns, the waste would have to be reduced and that this is a necessary part of the recovery of the prefecture after the 2011 disasters. The two mayors said that the integration of the facilities and allowing the construction of the facilities are two separate issues.
In December last year, the Environment Ministry also revealed plans to build storage facilities in the three towns nearest to the crippled plant in order to house the radioactive soil in the next 30 years, estimated to be 22-28 million cubic meters. Naraha’s residential areas have been designated as “areas preparing to lift evacuation orders” due to the yearly radiation level of 20 millisieverts while Okuma and Futaba are “difficult” areas for residents to return to, as the yearly dosage goes beyond 50 millisieverts.
[ via Mainichi ]
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