Japan to spend almost $1 billion on contaminated soil storage

8 months ago by in Japan

Japan is planning to spend Y100 billion ($970 million) to create a special space to store the soil contaminated with radioactive water from Fukushima crippled nuclear power plant, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of tones of soil are waiting to be stored and the Japanese authorities have set aside money to buy 3 to 5 square kilometers of land close to the power plant.

Japanese government plans to use land in three towns that are located close to the Fukushima plant and that are heavily-contaminated, according to the international press.

The mayors of the towns — Futaba, Okuma and Naraha — along with the governor of Fukushima prefecture Yuhei Sato, are worried that the site could easily transform from temporary to a permanent one.

No official from the environment ministry could be contacted for comment on the report.

By August 2013, around 133,000 tones of contaminated soil have been collected from the area around the plant, with around 80 percent of them being collected from Fukushima Prefecture.

This contaminated waste is currently stored at waste incineration plants, sewage treatment plants and agricultural and forestry facilities nationwide.