Fukushima chemical waste transferred to Hokkaido for detoxification

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Highly toxic chemical waste stored near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was transferred to a city in Hokkaido for detoxification on Tuesday, raising safety concerns among local residents.

The waste, mostly made up of condensers and lighting ballasts, contains high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls harmful to humans, and was disposed of in municipalities surrounding the plant before the 2011 nuclear disaster, according to the city of Muroran.

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