8 Years On: Tainted Soil Use Plan Draws Backlash from Fukushima Residents

Politics

Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref., March 8 (Jiji Press)--A plan to use soil from decontamination work in areas tainted with radioactive substances from the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture is facing a strong backlash from local residents.

Under an envisaged feasibility study program, the Environment Ministry aims to use the soil for public works projects and examine its safety.

The ministry apparently hopes to reduce the amount of tainted soil to be transferred to a planned final disposal facility.

But Fukushima residents continue to have strong safety concerns about radiation eight years after the triple meltdown accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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