Lack of Storage Hinders Decontamination Efforts

decontamination workerThe Japanese government has officially extended the timeframe for decontamination of the towns and villages in the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant to 2017 – nearly 3 years longer than originally anticipated.

According to Japan Times, one of the factors hindering progress is the lack of temporary storage sites for contaminated waste.  New facilities are under construction, but for the time being bags of contaminated soil and other materials are being  piled up at temporary sites throughout the prefecture.

In order to make these towns liveable again, thousands of workers are removing contaminated soil and plants, but cleanup of the most highly contaminated areas has yet to begin.

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