Huge quantities of tainted rubble is lying around the areas bordering the plant that has continued leaking radiation since the March 11 disasters that caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, but this rubble cannot be handled legally under existing laws.
Existing laws did not envisage large-scale radiation contamination such as has occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.
The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and opposition Komeito will jointly submit a bill to create a law giving the government authority to remove the radiation contaminated materials from outside of the plant. It is expected the bill will be passed and law enacted during the current session of the Diet, which continues until the end of August.
Removal of the radiation contaminated materials is essential if the evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant is ever to be made inhabitable again.