Nissan has announced plans to build a new factory for recycling and refurbishing batteries for its Leaf electric vehicle.
Automotive News reports that the location of the factory may come as a shock: the former exclusion zone near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that suffered a meltdown in 2011.
But unlike the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, which Live Science said in 2013 won’t be safe for human habitation for 20,000 years, the area around Fukushima was exposed mainly to isotopes with a short half-life. Additionally, an extensive effort has been made to clean the area, particularly the town of Namie where Nissan’s factory will be built. Boasting a population of 21,434 before the accident, only 516 people live in Namie today.