Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fukushima Residents Storing Radioactive Soil at Homes


Homes in Fukushima become storage sites for radioactively contaminated soil The Mainichi 

[Excerpted] FUKUSHIMA -- As local municipalities face delays in the construction of storage facilities for radioactively contaminated soil, residents here are being forced to store the soil on their own properties. 

Here, at the home of Tsuneo Ota, 66, a member of the Yamagiwa residential community, a sheet spread 3 meters wide, 4 meters deep and 1 meter high covers about 100 plastic cases of contaminated soil in his garden. "I didn't think it would get this big," he says. 

...Another reason the soil could not be buried underground was that the Yamagiwa community has a lot of water in the ground -- enough to be considered an area susceptible to mudslides. To bury contaminated soil, residents have to dig around 1.5 meters down, but when people tried to do this they repeatedly came across water....

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