The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) group has contracted companies in Kyoto to dispose of rubble and debris from disaster-struck Iwate.
The rubble is to be disposed of by incineration by four Kyoto-based companies, Fuji TV reported. It said that the group which contracted the companies is Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp, in which TEPCO owns a 95.5% stake.
News of the incineration of potentially radioactive waste is almost certain to cause a public outcry. A spokesperson for the corporation was quoted by Fuji TV as saying: “The TEPCO group did contract the companies to incinerate waste from the tsunami-hit region, but safe disposal of said waste was stipulated in the contract.”