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Over 258,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste and nowhere to go

March 8, 2015

FOUR YEARS AFTER: Radioactive debris continues to stack up at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant



 Over 258,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste and nowhere to go

by HIROMI KUMAI/ Staff Writer

FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--With nowhere to put it, refuse and debris contaminated with radioactive materials continue to pile up at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant here.

A total of 258,300 cubic meters of radioactive debris was produced from the March 2011 accident to the end of this January in the plant, where decommissioning work is under way.

The amount is equivalent to the capacity of about 650 25-meter-long swimming pools.

Of the 258,300 cubic meters, 178,600 cubic meters were mainly debris that had been scattered around reactor buildings, wood refuse produced in the work in the plant and protective suits used by workers, according to the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The remaining 79,700 cubic meters were trees that were felled to create space for tanks storing radioactive water. There were also 1,846 objects that absorbed radioactive materials from contaminated water.

According to the road map worked out by the government and TEPCO, the basic plan for disposing of the radioactive waste will be released in fiscal 2017.


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