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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gov't allows part of radioactive tainted sludge to be buried

In this Monday, June 13, 2011 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., a machine collects radioactive substances in the air for sampling at the Unit 3 of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
In this Monday, June 13, 2011 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., a machine collects radioactive substances in the air for sampling at the Unit 3 of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A government task force on nuclear emergency said Thursday it has decided to allow sludge containing 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or less of radioactive cesium to be buried in waste disposal sites only if residential houses are not built there in the future.
It also said sludge containing over 8,000 to 100,000 becquerels per kg of cesium could be buried after evaluating its safety individually, while sludge measuring more than 100,000 becquerels per kg should be kept under shielding but its final disposal manner is undecided.
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