Radioactive ash from incinerator nearing limit

October 25, 2011

Radioactive ash is nearing capacity at an incineration plant in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, because disposal sites refuse to accept the waste.

About 493 tons of ash in 1,260 bags have piled up at six large storage tents on the premises.

Although a new storage tent is being set up on the site, no decision has been made on where to send the ash.

In July, high concentrations of radioactive cesium were detected in ash at the incineration plant. Shipping of the ash to waste disposal sites has since been suspended.

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A large temporary storage tent for ash from radiation-contaminated waste is about to reach its limit in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture. (Eijiro Morii)

A large temporary storage tent for ash from radiation-contaminated waste is about to reach its limit in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture. (Eijiro Morii)

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  • A large temporary storage tent for ash from radiation-contaminated waste is about to reach its limit in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture. (Eijiro Morii)

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