TOKYO (TR) – The Japanese government plans to store radioactive soil contaminated by last March’s nuclear power plant disaster in a temporary facility in Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo News said Sunday.
The government said it hopes to have the facility up and running within three years, Kyodo reported.
The 3 to 5 square kilometer site is expected to have a storage capacity of 15 million to 28 million cubic meters.
Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who is also the nation’s nuclear disaster minister, unveiled the plans during talks with Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato. “We cannot proceed with this work without the cooperation of the prefecture and municipal governments. I’m very sorry to have to make such a request,” Hosono told the governor, according to Kyodo.
The national government says it plans to implement a final solution within 30 years to dispose of the soil that was contaminated after the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Daiichi nuclear plant on March 11, 2011. The environment ministry gave no estimates on the cost of the plan and site for the new facility has yet to be decided, Kyodo said.