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Taiheiyo Cement begins burning rubble from quake-tsunami disaster.

OFUNATO, Japan, June 22 Kyodo

Taiheiyo Cement Corp. on Wednesday began incinerating the burnable parts of the massive amounts of debris created by the March earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, at its plant in the northeastern Japanese city.

The company will start accepting rubble from Rikuzentakata, another Iwate city, on Thursday. It will initially burn 10 to 12 tons of debris per hour at one of its two cement-production furnaces at its Ofunato plant, with the goal of eventually processing around 300 tons a day, according to company officials.

The ashes of the incinerated rubble will be taken to a disposal landfill site in Iwate Prefecture.

''If we manage to reduce the amount of salt in the rubble swept by seawater, the burnt waste can be used as a raw material for cement,'' a Taiheiyo official said. ''We hope to resume the operation of the other furnace (damaged by tsunami) by around December.''

According to estimates by the Iwate prefectural government, about 756,000 tons of rubble were created in Ofunato and 865,000 tons in Rikuzentakata as a result of the March 11 disaster.
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Publication:Japan Energy Scan
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Date:Jun 27, 2011
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