Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mainichi: Decontamination Not Going Well


http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111124p2a00m0na014000c.html

Decontamination work at homes in Fukushima not going well as radiation lingers

FUKUSHIMA -- [excerpted] Work to decontaminate homes and yards in a district here is not proceeding as hoped, as radiation levels persist and decontamination workers worried about their health stay away...

Originally, there was a plan to complete decontamination work on all 367 households in the district by the end of the year, but decontamination work is now expected to take much longer...

"Estimated costs for the decontamination work per home by companies differ from 800,000 yen to 1.7 million yen, so it has taken time to sort out contracts....

Majia Here: It seems to me that part of the problem with decontamination is that Fukushima is continuing to release radioactive steam. 

Furthermore, it seems an impossible task to "clean" a few areas when the entire environment is contaminated. Winds and precipitation know no boundaries.

Fukushima is a beautiful place. It is very sad that we have destroyed it for human habitation. 

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