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Recycling radioactive waste...

March 30, 2016


Govt. plans to recycle decontaminated waste



Japan's Environment Ministry says waste from decontamination efforts in Fukushima Prefecture can be recycled into construction material if its radiation level becomes low enough.

The government plans to put contaminated soil and other waste into intermediate storage facilities, and dispose of it outside the prefecture within 30 years.

Environment Ministry officials said at a meeting of experts on Wednesday that waste whose level of radioactive material falls below 8,000 becquerels per kilogram can be used for roads, seawalls and other public works.

They said more than 90 percent of waste can be recycled if radioactive material is removed.

But no established technology for such processing exists, and the procedure is costly.

The ministry plans to decide on the amount to be recycled and the cost in fiscal 2025 or later.

State Minister for the Environment Shinji Inoue said recycling would help shorten the intermediate storage period and ease the burden of final disposal. He vowed to seek public support for the plan.


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