environment, jiji press, nuclear radiation, radiation

Japan Ministry Sticks to Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste, jiji, 10/24/12

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese industry ministry on Wednesday expressed a reluctance to adopt a proposal from academics that high-level radioactive waste be stored for possibly decades or centuries as an interim measure until new processing technologies are developed.
The Science Council of Japan submitted the proposal last month to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission of the Cabinet Office.
At a meeting of the commission the same day, however, the industry ministry explained that the most internationally endorsed method for dealing with such waste is geological disposal to keep it deep underground for tens of thousands of years.
While the science council in its proposal did not refer to ways for final disposal of high-level radioactive waste, the ministry stressed at the meeting that the international consensus is that final disposal methods should be clarified.


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from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.


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