Radiation cleanup plan falls short, Japan Times, Nov. 9, 2011:
Experts liken current strategy to letting nature run its course [...]
“I really doubt their seriousness (about decontamination),” said radiation expert Tomoya Yamauchi, a professor at the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences at Kobe University. [...]
[The gov't has] the goal of reducing the contamination by 50 to 60 percent over two years.
Decontamination efforts by humans, however, are expected to only yield a reduction of 10 to 20 percent. [...]
The experts said the government’s goal of human effort achieving a 10 to 20 percent reduction is not ambitious enough.
“A 10 percent reduction doesn’t really mean anything. I mean, 40 percent of the radiation would be reduced just by natural causes, so I think the government is almost saying it is just going to wait for the radioactive materials to decrease naturally,” said Shunichi Tanaka, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. [...]
Published: November 9th, 2011 at 10:05 am ET