Gov’t offers Fukushima 301 bil. yen for 30-yr nuclear soil storage


FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 8, Kyodo

The government on Friday offered 301 billion yen in subsidies over the next 30 years to local authorities in Fukushima Prefecture in exchange for storage of contaminated soil accumulating from radiation cleanup work following the 2011 nuclear disaster.

As its unofficial proposal in July to provide around 100 billion yen was dismissed by Fukushima authorities, the central government has decided to triple the amount in a bid to secure consent for the building of facilities for the storage that it envisions will end within 30 years.

Including existing subsidies, the total amount is expected to exceed 500 billion yen.

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