In-Focus: Japan – Over 85,000 tons of contaminated sludge waiting for disposal – Fukushima Prefecture to abolish nuclear fuel tax

Over 85,000 tons of contaminated sludge waiting for disposal

The Japanese government is responsible for finding disposal sites for the sludge and ash with cesium levels of more than 8,000 becquerels per kilogram in each prefecture.

Such waste totaled 87,800 tons in 11 prefectures as of November 2nd, far exceeding the government’s initial estimate of 50,000 tons.
Fukushima Prefecture has the most at nearly 70,000 tons, which is about 80 percent of the total.

The central government has already approached several prefectures about setting up permanent disposal facilities, but it has met strong opposition from local residents.

Source: NHK

 

Fukushima Prefecture to abolish nuclear fuel tax

The tax will not be extended given the prefectural government has been demanding all nuclear reactors in the prefecture be decommissioned in the wake of the No. 1 plant’s accident last year, Fukushima Prefecture’s Governor Yuhei Sato told a news conference.

Source: JiJi Press

 

Japan to launch inspections to remove bad contractors and fake companies from reconstruction projects

Source: JiJi Press

 

Japan to revise Air Pollution Control Law

Source: JiJi Press

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