Radioactive soil storage to start outside Fukushima via The Japan News

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Environment Ministry said Wednesday that landfill work for soil tainted with radioactive materials released from the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station will start outside Fukushima Prefecture.

The work will be carried out in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, and the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, on a trial basis from this spring. Both prefectures are south of and adjacent to Fukushima.


The work in Tokai and Nasu will involve about 2,500 and 350 cubic meters, respectively, of soil removed from the ground during decontamination work following the accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. plant, which was heavily damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The soil will be buried underground, with the land surface to be covered with a layer of clean soil more than 30 centimeters thick.


At both sites, radiation doses of workers will be measured. Atmospheric and groundwater radiation levels will also be monitored at and around the locations. Analysis results for the data will be announced around the autumn.Speech

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