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Three state-owned candidate sites for the final disposal of radioactive waste have been selected in Miyagi Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said Monday.

The three municipalities involved are the city of Kurihara and the towns of Kami and Taiwa, the ministry said at a meeting in Sendai.

Facilities to be built on one of the sites will dispose of waste tainted with over 8,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive fallout from the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The meeting was attended by representatives from all municipalities in Miyagi.

The ministry plans to eventually select one site after conducting extensive surveys. But participants from the three municipalities denied involvement in the selection process.

The ministry said the sites were chosen based on their risk of being affected by natural disasters and how far they are from sources of water.

The ministry excluded municipalities that hosted more than 500,000 tourists a year from 2006 to 2010, in line with criteria set out by Miyagi.

After the meeting, Kami Mayor Hirobumi Inomata said his town cannot cooperate with a plan worked out behind a desk.

Kurihara Mayor Isamu Sato complained that the site chosen in his city had suffered landslides caused by earthquakes in the past.

Taiwa Mayor Hajimu Asao said he wants to know how and why the site in his town was selected, adding that he has many more questions to ask the ministry.

The government also plans to pick final disposal sites in Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba Prefectures.

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Given the sheer volume of contaminated material on the site right now, I question if three disposal sites will be enough.  This material is heavily contaminated not only with nuclear fuel and fuel rod materials, but much of the rubble of the building has been irradiated and will remain dangerous for centuries.  All of it has to be buried at some point, and there is no place in Japan that is guaranteed safe from further seismic action and potential inundation from another tsunami.

This ongoing disaster needs the attention of more than just the local utility company and the Japanese government to resolve.  Look at Chernobyl for a good example of just what it takes to even secure the site before any cleanup can ever occur. 

What a mess.

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