Sapporo, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)–The Hokkaido government in northernmost Japan on Friday asked a local town not to apply for a survey to choose a host municipality for a planned final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste.
Vice Governor Shunsuke Tsuchiya visited the town of Suttsu for informal talks with Mayor Haruo Kataoka after the town said on Thursday that it will consider applying for a literature survey, the first stage of a research process to decide the location of a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.
Tsuchiya asked the town not to make such an application, referring to a Hokkaido ordinance that rejects radioactive waste from elsewhere, according to Suttsu officials.
Kataoka replied that the town government will make a judgment after a planned meeting mainly with municipal assembly members slated for Aug. 26. He noted that the town is in a tough financial situation.
Municipalities become eligible to receive up to 2 billion yen in grants from the central government if they undergo the literature survey.