April 2, 2015
Any material that radioactive cesium contamination exceeds 8000 Bq / kg should be classified radioactive waste. However, according to the Ministry of Environment, 3648 tons of waste, which contamination is exceeding this limit, were not correctly classified. This is in Miyagi Prefecture where are the most, with 2711 tons and in Iwate Prefecture, with 710 tons. It is mostly rice straw and hay.
The municipalities concerned are responsible for storing this waste the time that a final solution is found by the government. But some preferred to say nothing to protect their image. For others, it’s a hardship. In Kurihara (Miyagi Prefecture), for example, there are officially 974 tons of rice straw exceeding the 8000 Bq / kg limit, which the town does not know what to do with. And the government has nothing to offer for now because the search for a storage site is blocked. So as there is more downside to declare the waste many prefer to say nothing.
Source : Acro