Japan to consider ocean disposal of nuclear waste (December 2015)

The industry ministry will consider the feasibility of burying high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants under the seabed, which a working panel said Dec. 11 could be a “highly appropriate” solution.

In an interim report on disposal methods of highly contaminated materials from spent nuclear fuel, the panel said such waste could be disposed of in adjacent waters within 20 kilometers of the coastline.

It called the disposal method relatively realistic because the circulation of groundwater at sea is not as strong as on land. The panel said the site should be created in adjacent waters so that nuclear waste can easily be transported by ships.


December 12, 2015,THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, as posted at http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201512120027

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