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The penultimate storage of contaminated waste

From Pierre Fetet Fukushima Blog, translation Hervé Courtois
Contaminated waste storage in Minamisoma in 2012 next to a primary school
On 28 October, nuclear waste was temporarily stockpiled at a site that is expected to be the penultimate (perhaps the last and perpetual) site in the cities of Ōkuma and Futaba, where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located.
The bottom of a large storage basin was lined with waterproof canvas to prevent groundwater pollution. The rainwater collected at the bottom will be purified by a machine and released into the rivers. This storage area covers an area of 16,000 hectares, but constitutes only 39% of the planned land. It is difficult to get the agreement of the landowners.
On this land, an incinerator will be built for the uprooted plants and felled trees, and a storage area for highly radioactive ashes. According to the law, the government has promised that after 30 years (before 2045) this storage will have to be moved out of the Fukushima Prefecture, but nobody of course believes it, because no one will accept these dangerous installations near his house.
In Fukushima, 15.2 million cubic meters of contaminated soil are temporarily stored on sports fields, in car parks and even in private gardens. According to the plan, most of this contaminated land will be transported to the new storage site by 2020.

February 5, 2018 Posted by | Fukushima 2018 | , , , | Leave a comment