Candidate town residents rally against radioactive waste disposal site plan


KAMI, Miyagi — Residents of a candidate site for final disposal of radioactive waste emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster organized a rally here against a planned government survey for deciding where to build the controversial facility.

Some 1,000 people took part in the protest on July 17, which was organized by residents of the Miyagi Prefecture town of Kami — one of the three candidate sites for construction of a final disposal facility.

Kazuhisa Mikata, mayor of the Tochigi Prefecture town of Shioya — another candidate site for the final disposal facility — participated in the rally to confirm the collaboration between the two towns in continuing to refuse the conducting of the surveys by the Environment Ministry.

Kami Mayor Hirobumi Inomata said, “Radioactive waste should be managed on the premises of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant) in an integrated manner.” Inomata emphasized the need to revise a special measures law governing disposal of such waste in each prefecture.

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