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Dec 30

Gov’t request for nuclear storage facility site sends shockwaves through Fukushima

The Watari district of Fukushima city is seen in northeast Japan, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/ Greg Baker)

The Watari district of Fukushima city is seen in northeast Japan, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/ Greg Baker)

The government’s request that an interim facility to store soil and other waste contaminated with radiation be built somewhere in Futaba county near the crippled nuclear power plant sent ripples of concern through local governments and residents in Fukushima Prefecture.

On Dec. 28, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono met and asked local leaders in Fukushima Prefecture for permission to build an interim storage facility somewhere in Futaba county in which two municipalities host the troubled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

Some local residents, particularly those people who want to return to their homes in areas near the nuclear power station, are worried that such a storage facility could stay there permanently. But those residents who have given up hope of returning to their homes have tended to accept the government request.

At the meeting with Hosono in Fukushima city on Dec. 28, Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe said, “I will take the proposal seriously and consider it.” Katsurao Mayor Masahide Matsumoto said, “We have no option but to accept it because it is needed.” Some local residents are paying attention to the fact that there will be no places to dispose of such waste unless the interim storage facility is built, while hoping that new jobs will be created for the construction of the facility.

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Bill Bard says:

They seem to have accepted that Fukushima is fucked.  Dumping nuclear waste there surely confirms it.

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