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    Fukushima Mulls Storage of Radioactive Waste

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    The Fukushima prefectural government may in the coming week approve the delivery of radioactive soil and other waste at interim storage facilities that are under construction, sources said Saturday, the Kyodo news agency reports.

    Construction of the facilities began earlier this month after the local authorities gave their go-ahead.

    The central government aims to begin transportation by March 11, the fourth anniversary of the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.

    Under the government’s plan, the radioactive waste will be kept in the interim facilities in the Fukushima towns of Futaba and Okuma and will be permanently disposed of outside the prefecture within 30 years, as requested by the prefectural authorities.

    The site for final disposal of the waste has yet to be decided.


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