The government on Saturday unveiled its plan to store radioactive soil in storage facilities in Fukushima Prefecture.
Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who is also the nuclear disaster minister, and Fukushima Gov Yuhei Sato addressed a meeting of the heads of the prefecture's municipalities in Fukushima City.
At the outset of the meeting, Hosono apologized for the burden being placed on the prefecture as a result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and asked for their understanding and cooperation, NHK reported.
Hosono said that up to 28 million cubic meters of radioactive soil will first be stored for three years in temporary facilities to be built in each municipality. The soil will then be moved in January 2015 to larger facilities to be constructed by the central government within the prefecture, NHK reported.
The government's plan calls for final disposal of the soil outside the prefecture after 30 years.
However, some municipalities have expressed opposition to the plan. NHK reported that peach and persimmon farmers are concerned because some interim facilities will be built adjacent to their orchards and they are worried that their fruit will be contaminated.
Meanwhile, Fuji TV reported Saturday that 240 people from all over Japan have volunteered to help Fukushima City with decontamination activities on weekends. The group will help decontaminate parks and roads.© Japan Today