The first load of tsunami debris from Miyagi Prefecture arrived in Kitakyushu for disposal on Monday morning.
A group of about 30 demonstrators were on hand to protest the arrival of the 100 tons of debris from Ishinomaki City, TBS reported. The debris will be incinerated at three locations in Kitakyushu, officials said.
In March, the Kitakyushu assembly adopted a resolution to accept tsunami debris as long as the central government demonstrated that it is not radioactive. The decision was in response to a written request from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, which he sent to all prefectures other than Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, asking them to accept debris, under a special law on disaster waste disposal.
The Kitakyushu assembly agreed to accept 80 tons of debris from Ishinomaki City on a trial basis. After the ash from debris incineration tested negative for radiation, the city agreed to accept 23,000 tons of debris this fiscal year.
Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who is also the minister in charge of dealing with the nuclear crisis, has assured local governments that the central government will strictly monitor radiation levels in all debris before it leaves Tohoku and will also test the ashes after debris is incinerated to reassure local residents.© Japan Today