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Demolition starts for former site of government's Fukushima task force

JIJI

The Environment Ministry started dismantling on Tuesday the former off-site center in Fukushima Prefecture that was used by the central government’s task force to deal with the aftermath of the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

The Fukushima Prefectural Government expressed its intention in August last year to demolish the facility in the town of Okuma after it received requests from the town asking to use the site for housing or a welfare facility.

The facility, located about 5 km southwest of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, was used by central and local government officials to deal with the disaster.

The task force, however, was moved to the prefecture’s offices in the city of Fukushima four days later as a radiation level of over 100 microsieverts per hour was detected inside the off-site center.

The prefectural government plans to collect some documents left at the center and display them at an archive facility set to open next year.

On Tuesday, the ministry began shipping desks and chairs out of the center.

The ministry plans to finish the dismantling work by March next year.