Sewage sludge keeps piling up amid radiation concerns


  • Sewage sludge keeps piling up amid radiation concerns

    Concerns about radiation among residents have kept contaminated sludge and incineration ash piled high at sewage treatment facilities across eastern Japan with nowhere to go.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, faces demand from local governments for compensation for rising costs associated with disposing of the sludge.

    In September, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi was forced to postpone a plan to bury ash at a waste disposal site on Yokohama Port's Honmoku Pier after more than 100 people protested, citing the possibility of marine pollution.

    "We did not give sufficient explanation," Hayashi said Sept. 14. "I am sorry."

    Source: ajw.asahi.com