Japan Doesn’t Know What to Do With Waste From Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Communities across Japan have shown resistance to government efforts to build permanent waste storage facilities in their communities for radioactive waste created by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant accident, the Japan Times has reported.

MOSCOW, January 5 (Sputnik) — It remains unclear where much of the radioactive material recovered following the 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima will be stored, as municipalities across Japan have voiced heavy opposition to the building of permanent repositories on their territories, The Japan Times reports.

The Environment Ministry has designated 152,000 tons of contaminated waste resulting from the Fukushima disaster, which includes compost, incinerated ash, paddy straw and sewage sludge from across 12 prefectures. The federal government had planned for the creation of permanent storage and disposal sites in five prefectures in northern and eastern Japan, but many of the projects remain stalled as a result of resistance from local officials and from residents, The Japan Times has explained.

Plans to build a disposal site in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture in central Japan were halted following the expression of concern by local residents about how the site would affect a local hot spring. The town’s mayor submitted a petition to the Environment Ministry signed by over 170,000 people demanding that the waste be put somewhere else.

Full article: Japan Doesn’t Know What to Do With Waste From Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Sputnik News)

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