Multiple obstacles hinder disposal of quake-tsunami debris

  • Multiple obstacles hinder disposal of quake-tsunami debris

    .... Ishinomaki alone has been left with roughly 6.16 million tons of debris. The amount is more than the 4.75 million tons scattered in the whole of Pacific-facing Iwate Prefecture, north of Miyagi.

    The city and its neighboring communities have a refuse processing center but its handling capacity is limited to 50,000 tons per year, meaning it would need more than 100 years to process the debris alone, not to mention their regular refuse.

    The city government has set up 23 "primary" dumping sites, many of them close to residential areas and schools. Nearby residents have complained of odors and pests. They have also been threatened by fires fuelled by gas generated within the debris piles...


    By fiscal 2013, the Tokyo government is planning to process a total of 500,000 tons of rubble from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, which is estimated to be around 40,000 tons of ashes.

    webmasters comment:

    so basically they are aiming for 92% reduction is size and in the process spreading the radioactive substances all over Tokyo and other areas that are unlucky enough to have large volume processing facilities.