Work to Store Tainted Soil at Fukushima Facility Begins


Fukushima (Jiji Press)—Japan's Environment Ministry started bringing tainted soil into one of the interim storage facilities for radioactive waste in Fukushima Prefecture on October 28.

Work teams carry contaminated soil into the interim storage facility via covered conveyor belt on October 20, 2017, in Ōkuma, Fukushima. (© Jiji)

Soil generated from work to decontaminate areas hit by fallout from the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.'s disaster-damaged Fukushima Dainichi nuclear plant has temporarily been piled up in some 1,100 places in the northeast of the prefecture.

Shifting the soil and other radioactive waste to the storage facilities, to be finally built on a 1,600-hectare site straddling the towns of Ōkuma and Futaba, is expected to make it smoother to reconstruct areas devastated by the nuclear accident as well as the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the accident.

On Sunday, 36 cubic meters of contaminated soil arrived at the facility from a temporary storage in Ōkuma.

"I hope all tainted soil and other waste will be removed from living spheres in the prefecture as soon as possible," State Environment Minister Itō Tadahiko told reporters after watching the work.

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