Governors and municipal leaders outside the Tohoku region said Friday they hope to take in some of the March 11 quake and tsunami debris, despite vocal opposition from their citizenry and antinuclear activists, if the refuse is deemed not radioactive.

“I am deeply sorry that the disposal of debris has not really progressed,” said Environment Minister Goshi Hosono after an event in which local-level leaders outside Tohoku said they were willing to accept some of the debris.

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