2023.09.19 21:48Nation

復興拠点の鉄くず持ち出し 放射性物質汚染恐れ―福島


2023.09.19 21:48Nation

Iron Scraps Taken, Sold from near Fukushima No. 1 Plant

Workers at a demolition site near the meltdown-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant took and sold iron scraps from waste possibly contaminated with radioactive materials, Environment Ministry officials said Tuesday.
   Workers at a subcontractor of Kajima Corp., tasked with the demolition, took the scraps without permission, violating the process of dealing with contaminated waste as stipulated by law.
   General contractor Kajima, commissioned by the ministry to carry out the demolition, has consulted the Fukushima prefectural police over the matter.
   The site, a library-museum complex in the town of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, is in a specified reconstruction area in a so-called difficult-to-return zone, where entry is still strictly restricted due to high levels of radiation following meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s plant in March 2011.
   Kajima is said to have told the ministry earlier this year that workers at the subcontractor had taken iron scraps without measuring their radioactive concentration and sold them to businesses.