Japan: Geothermal plans for Hokkaido NPs draw fire from local residents
Aug 14 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Yomiuri Shimbun — A government project to build geothermal power plants in national and quasi-national parks has met with further opposition from locals in Fukushima Prefecture and Hokkaido concerned about the plan's possible negative effects on hot spring water and tourism.
The Environment Ministry in late March relaxed regulations on building geothermal power facilities in national and quasi-national parks, and is working on projects in five sites in these parks.
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