Press Release

Opinions of the Minister of the Environment on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Ohno-Taketa Road

August 7, 2006

On August 7, 2006, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) submitted the Minister's opinions on the environmental impact statement for the Ohno-Taketa Road, Route 57, to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Law.

This project is planned to construct a national road 12 km in length with 4 lanes in Ohita Prefecture. As the planned route partly crosses the habitats of a rare salamander, the MOE emphasized that this project should:

1. Take appropriate measures to maintain the habitats of the salamander.

2. Conduct follow-up surveys on the state of inhabitation of the salamander.

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