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Results of FY 2015 Survey of the Implementation of the Act to Prevent Soil Contamination on Agricultural Land

December 16, 2016

The MOE has been promoting the countermeasures against soil contamination on agricultural land with MAFF and compiled the results of the FY 2015 Survey of the Implementation of the Act to Prevent Soil Contamination on Agricultural Land. Under the Act, each prefectural governor shall continuously monitor the condition of agricultural land regarding soil pollution caused by Hazardous Substances (cadmium, copper and arsenic), and prefecture governors can designate the areas for countermeasures when the concentration of hazardous substances exceeds its limit.

Summary of the survey results:

(1) As a result of the continuous monitoring, in 3 areas the regulatory standard for cadmium was exceeded.

(2) One area was newly established a plan for countermeasure against soil contamination.

The designation was all canceled in 1 area.

At the end of FY 2015, 73 areas have been designated in total. Among those areas, designation was all canceled in 57 areas and are still in place in 16 areas.

(3) At the end of FY 2015, 7,038 ha (92.7%) of all designated areas have completed their countermeasures.

The complete survey results can be accessed on the following website (Japanese only):

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