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Decontaminated soil to be turned into building material??

December 21, 2015

Model biz that reuses Fukushima soil planned



Dec. 21, 2015 - Updated 08:42 UTC+1

The Japanese government is planning to launch a business plan to re-use decontaminated soil from Fukushima Prefecture as construction material.

The Environment Ministry disclosed the draft plan on Monday.

The 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi power plant tainted soil in the region with radioactive substances.

Decontaminated soil will be kept in intermediate storage facilities within Fukushima Prefecture. It will be transferred outside the prefecture within 30 years for final disposal. The government needs to secure enough space to accommodate 22 million cubic meters of the decontaminated soil.

An Environmental Ministry panel of experts has been discussing ways to reduce the amount of decontaminated soil.

The panel is proposing that a project be set up to test existing technology that removes radioactive substances in soil. The soil in turn will be used as construction material for building roads and sea walls.

Some members of the panel said it may not be easy to find construction firms that will buy materials made from decontaminated soil. They said gaining support from residents over the use of such material could also be difficult.

The re-use project is planned to start in the next fiscal year starting in April. The Environment Ministry will come up with a final plan by next March.

State Minister of Environment Shinji Inoue says the key to the project is how to reduce the vast amount of decontaminated soil.

He said it is the government's duty to quickly proceed with the construction of intermediate-storage facilities.


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