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Fukushima formally accepts waste storage plan (NHK)

Yuhei Sato, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture

Yuhei Sato, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture

The governor of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture has officially accepted a government proposal to build intermediate radioactive waste facilities in 2 of its towns.

The central government plans to build the facilities on 16-square-kilometer lots in the towns of Futaba and Okuma, near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

On Saturday, Governor Yuhei Sato met in the city of Fukushima with the mayors of Futaba and Okuma as well as 6 other towns and villages near the plant.

After the meeting, the governor officially announced the decision to accept the facilities.

The governor said the prefecture scrutinized government plans and judged that the facilities are essential in removing nuclear substances and restoring the environment. He added that it was a difficult decision.

The mayors of Futaba and Okuma said they take the prefecture’s decision seriously, suggesting that they will accept it and will allow the government to start negotiating land acquisitions with the owners.

They also confirmed that they will continue to urge the government to enact legislation that would stipulate that the stored waste will be transferred from the prefecture within 30 years. They will also call on the government to sign a pact that guarantees the safety of the facilities, and to draw up a blueprint for the community’s future.

The central government plans to start having the soil transported in January.

Sato and the mayors of Futaba and Okuma Towns are expected to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, after conveying the decision to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara and Reconstruction Minister Takumi Nemoto.

 

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html

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