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Typhoon sweeps bags of Fukushima radioactive waste into river via Beyond Nuclear

Flood waters from typhoon Hagibis inundated a temporary storage site holding bags of radioactive waste from Fukushima. An unknown number of bags were swept into the local Furumichi River that empties into another river that flows to the Pacific Ocean. Officials say the bags contained grass and debris from decontamination efforts and that less than a dozen bags, each weighing one ton, were recovered intact. The storage site, located near Tamura City in Fukushima Prefecture, holds 2667 bags of radioactive waste. Officials have yet to confirm how many bags are missing and are still assessing environmental impact. This latest disaster shows how untenable managing the remnants of nuclear technology can be, and how nuclear catastrophes leave a continuing legacy of contamination, insecurity and threat.


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