TOKYO — Two distant cities in northern Japan fighting quickly graying and decreasing populations signed Friday to host a high-speed radioactive waste storage site for a way of financial survival.
Japanese utilities have roughly 16,000 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel rods stored in cooling pools or other noninvasive websites, and there’s not any last repository for them from Japan — a scenario referred to as”a mansion with no bathroom.”
Japan is in a dire scenario after the virtual collapse of an ambitious nuclear fuel recycling program, where plutonium extracted from spent fuel was used in still-unbuilt fast breeder reactors. The issue of collecting atomic waste came to the fore following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe. Detecting a community eager to sponsor a radioactive dumpsite is hard, despite a raft of financial enticements.
On Friday, Haruo Kataoka, the mayor of all Suttsu city on the northwestern shore of Hokkaido, implemented in Tokyo for preliminary authorities study on whether its territory will be appropriate for highly radioactive waste storage for centuries.
Afterward, Friday in Kamoenai only north of Suttsu, village leader Masayuki Takahashi declared his choice to also make an application for a first feasibility analysis.
Suttsu, using a population of 2,900, also Kamoenai, with roughly 800 people, have obtained yearly government subsidies as hosts of their Tomari nuclear power plant. However, they’re struggling financially due to a declining fishing sector as well as their aging and decreasing populations.
The preliminary study is that the first of three steps in choosing a permanent disposal site, together with the entire process estimated to take about two years. Continuing to another phase would bring about more subsidies.
“I expect that accepting study (to the waste storage) will assist the village’s growth.”
It’s unknown if either place will be eligible as a disposal website. Opposition from folks across Hokkaido can also hinder the procedure. A gas bomb was thrown in the Suttsu mayor’s house early Thursday, maybe by a competitor of the program, causing minor damage.
Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki and local fisheries classes tend to be hosting such a center.
1 mayor in southwestern Japan expressed curiosity about 2007 but faced enormous resistance and the strategy was spiked.
A 2017 property survey map published by the authorities suggested parts of Suttsu and Kamoenai could be acceptable for the last repository.