Government to pay debris disposal costs via The Japan Times

The environment minister said Monday that financial support will be given to any local government that accepts and disposes of debris from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures generated by last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said Monday that the government will not only pay all expenses incurred by the disposal work, but also conduct radiation tests to ease residents’ contamination fears.

The assistance will also help municipalities offset the cost of conducting their own tests to gauge radiation released by incinerating the waste or burying it, and provide future financial aid if expansion or construction of disposal facilities is necessary.

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