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Miyagi to start burning low-level radioactive waste

October 23, 2016

Low-level radioactive waste to be incinerated




A prefecture in northeastern Japan plans to start burning low-level radioactive waste materials from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

Miyagi prefectural officials say they will ask municipalities to burn pasture grass and other waste with levels of radioactivity lower than the government-set level of 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

They plan to use incinerators across the prefecture on a test basis starting from January. They say such waste will be mixed with regular garbage in order to keep radioactivity levels low.

The officials plan to collect and analyze data on radioactivity levels of ash for 6 months. They say a full incineration operation will follow, once safety is confirmed.


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