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First public symposium held in Tokyo for final disposal of nuke waste

May 15, 2017

Govt. holds symposium on nuclear disposal sites



Japan's government has held a symposium on how it will choose final disposal sites for radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.

The first such event was held in Tokyo for the general public on Sunday.

Government officials explained they will draw up a map showing which parts of the country are scientifically fit for the disposal sites, based on guidelines compiled by a panel of experts.

The guidelines say the disposal sites should not be near volcanoes or active faults. The government has decided to bury radioactive waste more than 300 meters underground.

The officials also told the attendants that they will take about 20 years to conduct surveys in areas that express support for the project and then choose locations.

Some attendants questioned if the government will really obtain understanding from local communities before implementing the project. Others asked the officials to tell them about the downside of accepting the disposal sites.

The government plans to disclose the map showing locations suitable for the sites after holding similar symposiums in 8 other places and a briefing for all 47 prefectures across the country.

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