Japanese Town Ignores NIMBY Pledge on Nuclear Waste

March 18, 2009 / 4 Comments

When the norm is NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard, there’s a town in Japan’s Fukushima, Prefecture, Naraha, that is willing to be the final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste.

fukushima nuclear reactors 1 Japanese Town Ignores NIMBY Pledge on Nuclear Waste

There are some 10 nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture. The mayor of Naraha says the “town’s theme is coexistence with our nuclear plant. If safety can be guaranteed, and if our resident’s approve, we would like to host the site” (final disposal site).

How reasonable of them, no sarcasm intended.

fukushima nuclear reactors 2 Japanese Town Ignores NIMBY Pledge on Nuclear Waste

A city willing to do their duty to reap the benefits of nuclear power as well as put itself forward for final disposal.

It will be the first time for a city with a nuclear power plant to host a final nuclear waste disposal facility. Imagine how much can be cut in transportation costs, eh?

Kudos to Naraha.

I can see Greenpeace now – wishing and hoping …la la la.


Images by world-nuclear.org

4 Responses

  • rl / March 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I bet they’re not real happy right now. I guess we know the truth now–nuclear power plants cannot survive major earthquakes.

  • Bob and Misako Piper / March 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Misako comes from Naraha.The family have lived there since 1830. I think we need a new mayor ?

    Bob and Misako Piper.
    Canberra. Australia.

  • Rich / March 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    The reactors did fine through the earthquake RL, it was the tsunami that disabled the back-up power generators. You should read up about nuclear power from reputable sources before spouting off.

  • Bob Piper / November 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

    The back up generators and water pumps were built close to sea level to save money. You will see the safer higher ground at the top left of the photo.

    The consequence was that the incoming wave easily took them out.

    I suggest you go and live there as we did. It was all profit motivated and out dates design.

    Thank you Rich for identifying yourself.

    Robert and Misako Piper – Canberra (ex Naraha Town).

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