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Chiba wants radioactive designation lifted from Fukushima-contaminated waste

CHIBA – The Chiba Municipal Government on Tuesday filed for Environment Ministry approval to lift the radioactive designation for waste stored in the city that was contaminated by the Fukushima reactor meltdowns five years ago.

This marked the first application in Japan seeking to lift the radioactive designation for waste tainted by the 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The move came after the city found that levels of radioactive materials in the designated waste are lower than the national designation standards of over 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

At present, designated radioactive waste generated by the nuclear disaster is stored in 12 prefectures in eastern Japan, including Tokyo.

The ministry plans to judge whether to lift the designation for waste in Chiba in about one month.

In Chiba, 7.7 tons of designated waste is currently stored at a waste disposal center.

The lifting of the designation will allow the city to dispose of the waste the same way as general waste, but the city plans to continue storing the waste for the time being.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/29/national/science-health/chiba-wants-radioactive-designation-lifted-fukushima-contaminated-waste/

June 29, 2016 - Posted by | Japan | , ,

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