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Work begins on interim soil dump near Fukushima No. 1 via The Japan Times

Workers on Tuesday began building interim facilities near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to store contaminated soil and other waste gathered during cleanup work across Fukushima Prefecture.

The dump will cover around 16 sq. km and is located in the seaside towns of Okuma and Futaba. The complex will be able to hold around 30 million tons of soil and other waste such as radioactive ash. It will not receive waste generated from the plant itself.

Construction has been delayed due to the difficulty of obtaining agreement from municipalities and local residents. The central government had hoped to begin moving radioactive waste to the interim sites in January, but it now plans to begin doing so by March 11, which will be the fourth anniversary of the 2011 quake and tsunami.

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Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday resumed decommissioning work at the Fukushima No. 1 complex after a two-week hiatus in the wake of two separate fatal accidents last month.

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