Japan to set new policy for nuclear waste disposal

January 02, 2014 - 1:32:21 pm

TOKYO: The Japanese government plans to revise a basic policy for disposing of nuclear waste so that it can play a more active role in selecting disposal sites.

The industry ministry said starting early this year it will act on proposals submitted in November by a panel of experts, Japanese (NHK World) website reported.

The government plans to store highly-radioactive waste from nuclear power plants deep underground.

It has been asking local governments to come up with candidate sites under a law that came into effect in 2000.

But no municipalities have stepped forward, and the government has still not secured any candidate sites.

Under a new policy, the government plans to draw up a list of locations that are deemed scientifically suitable for disposal, and ask relevant municipalities to agree to the project.

The government hopes to pave the way by the end of this year for finding sites for the disposal of nuclear waste.

But some experts are calling on the government to handle the issue more carefully.

They say the public has not fully accepted the idea of storing radioactive waste underground, or in their localities. (QNA)

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