Storage site for radioactive debris near Fukushima No. 1 is one step closer

JIJI

The Lower House on Tuesday approved a bill for the construction of temporary storage facilities for radioactive waste on land near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The bill is expected to be enacted during the current extraordinary session of the Diet following debate in the Upper House.

The bill calls on the government to ensure the safety of the facilities and complete within 30 years the final disposal of radioactive waste, including contaminated soil, after moving it outside Fukushima Prefecture.

The government hopes to begin the transport of radioactive soil to the facilities in January.

The Lower House Environment Committee adopted a supplementary resolution calling on the government to select candidate sites and create a road map for final disposal.

The temporary storage facility is planned to be built on a site measuring 16 sq. km straddling the Fukushima towns of Okuma and Futaba. The government has been in talks with more than 2,000 landowners to acquire the necessary land.