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Fukushima Marine Debris Remains Untouched on Ocean Floor After 5 Years

Source: The Japan Times - February 15, 2016 in Environment, Featured

Fukushima Marine Debris Remains Untouched on Ocean Floor After 5 Years
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The Fisheries Agency will continue to subsidize efforts by Fukushima Prefecture to remove tsunami-related debris from the ocean floor.

The newest tranche of cash will be used to lift vehicles, concrete blocks and smashed buildings from the seabed within 20 km of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

However, there is no agreement yet on where to dump it.

Fukushima fishermen are asking authorities to demarcate a trial fishing zone up to 10 km from the plant. This means removal of the debris is a pressing matter.

Waters within a 20-km radius from the plant were designated a no-go zone in April 2011, but restrictions were scaled back in stages and were lifted in May 2013.

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