3 Fukushima towns selected for 12 storage sites of radioactive debris
The government on Sunday announced that it has chosen three towns in Fukushima Prefecture as potential locations for long-term storage of radioactive debris and topsoil resulting from decontamination activities in the area around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Environment minister Goshi Hosono, who is also the minister in charge of the nuclear crisis, said 12 sites will be built in Futaba (two), Okuma (nine) and Naraha (one), Fuji TV reported. Speaking at a meeting of municipal officials, Hosono said the government plans to conduct geological surveys to establish the suitability of the 12 sites for the storage of radioactive materials.
Hosono told a news conference after the meeting that the government plans to ask for further cooperation from other towns and villages in the future, Fuji reported.
Officials from the three towns appeared lukewarm toward the idea after the meeting. They have reportedly been resisting the selection due to a lack of agreement on compensation packages. They also said they cannot give a reply until they have had a chance to discuss the matter with residents.
All of the sites are said to be situated on the east side of National Highway Route 6. The government has announced its intention to perform geological tests at the sites, to check their suitability for embankment building, drilling and other construction operations, Fuji reported.