Hokkaido Kamieuchi Village “Nuclear Garbage” Final Disposal Site Tour Residents’ Briefing

Hokkaido Kamieuchi Village “Nuclear Garbage” Final Disposal Site Tour Residents Briefing September 27, 0:00

The first residents’ briefing session by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and other companies was held in Kamieuchi Village, Hokkaido, where there has been a movement to consider applying for a survey on the final disposal site of so-called “nuclear waste.” While residents expressed concern about the dangers of waste, some expressed their understanding of accepting the survey.
In Kamieuchi Village, Hokkaido, a petition was submitted to the village council this month asking the village council to consider applying for an investigation over the selection of a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste and so-called “nuclear waste” from nuclear power plants.

In response to this move, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the NUMO Nuclear Power Environment Improvement Organization held their first residents’ briefing in the village on June 26, with 131 residents participating.

Participants expressed concern about the dangers of waste, but there were several opinions expressing their understanding of accepting the survey.

In addition, there were calls to prevent reputational damage when the investigation was started.

A man in his 80s who attended the briefing said, “I understood the contents well. I felt that if I could make more decisions, I would be able to apply for the survey.”

A woman in her 40s said, “The movement so far has been fast. If we are going to proceed with the investigation, I would like the village council to proceed with the deliberations carefully.”

The residents’ briefing session in Kamieuchi Village will be held every day until the 30th of this month, and the village council will hold another committee meeting on the 2nd of next month to review the petition from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.