Japan’s nuclear power plants have over 57,000 tons of large equipment that have, or will in time, become radioactive industrial waste and may be destined to be disposed of overseas, a tally of electric power company data has shown.
The scale of the would-be hazardous waste underscores an ongoing move within the government to re-examine a rule banning the exports of radioactive waste at a time when few municipalities are willing to accept such waste.
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