Many local governments need to tackle the difficult task of obtaining the consent of local residents, who fear the debris may be contaminated with radioactive substances. So to help assist the Environment Ministry created a brochure that said residents will be exposed to radiation dosages of 0.01 millisievert or less per year. The figure is one one-hundredth of the annual dose limit for the general public, even for residents living near a disposal site where ashes from incinerated debris are buried.
“There’s no other way but to obtain [residents’] understanding by showing objective data,” a senior ministry official said.
Residents have continued to voice concerns over health risks posed by the potentially contaminated debris and the possible impact that safety worries may have on demand for locally produced tea, the prefecture’s principal export. It is understandable that a community known for exporting would not want to potentially risk the penalties and shame that would come after finding that their products had in fact been affected and they were after all deceived.
“Nuclear power plants have been considered safe. Nevertheless, a major accident [in Fukushima Prefecture] broke out. We can’t believe the central government’s safety standards,” one resident said.
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