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Towns hosting Fukushima plant consider making nearby area a nuclear waste site via The Daily Mainichi

A selfless idea has begun to surface on the lips of people who lived near the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

“After the reactors are decommissioned, the national government would buy up the surrounding few kilometers of land and uses it as a final storage spot for high-level radioactive waste. We’re ready to consider such an option,” says Ken Otsuka, 61. He is a former town council member of Futaba, the town that holds the Number 5 and 6 reactors of the Fukushima No.1 plant.

A person standing next to such high-level radioactive waste would take a lethal dose in less than 20 seconds. It is said that this kind of waste needs to be stored away from humans for over 100,000 years before it becomes safe. However, no such storage spot exists in Japan yet, nor has a location for creating one been chosen.

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