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Posted on 11/04/2011 2:09:38 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Radiation fears behind debris refusals / Remaining refuse may cause secondary damage, hinder reconstruction efforts
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The start Wednesday of shipments of debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake to Tokyo, the first destination for such refuse outside the Tohoku region, was a long-awaited first step toward wider disposal of the wreckage.
However, an Environment Ministry survey released Wednesday showed that only 54 local governments and garbage-disposal unions, less than 10 percent the figure in a previous survey, were considering accepting debris from disaster-hit areas.
A huge quantity of debris remains in the devastated areas almost eight months after the March 11 disaster, and secondary damage such as fires in piles of debris has occurred. People also have voiced concern that the slow pace of disposal may adversely affect reconstruction efforts.
In Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, on Wednesday, wood, plastic and other debris were thrown by heavy machinery into containers on trucks, which then headed to a JR cargo terminal in Morioka.
Miyako Mayor Masanori Yamamoto observed the work and said: "Today's achievement represents great progress for reconstruction. I'm grateful."
The Iwate prefectural government and the Tokyo metropolitan government signed an agreement that Tokyo will accept 11,000 tons of debris by the end of fiscal 2011 to dispose of it. Including this figure, the metropolitan government plans to accept about 500,000 tons of debris from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures by the end of fiscal 2013.
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I read recently that millions of tons of debris were floating across the Pacific toward the gold old USA.
Didn’t we give them back Iwo Jima? That’s pretty darn desolate.
They also seen to be pretty good at creating desolate oasis themselves. ;-)