Decontamination work at homes in Fukushima not going well as radiation lingers, The Mainichi Daily News, Nov. 25, 2011 (Emphasis Added):
- 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.
- The city began decontamination work in the Onami district [57 km / 35 mi. from Fukushima meltdowns] on Oct. 18.
- 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.
- Thirty-three companies were originally planned to take part, but due to fears about worker safety, most canceled and only two companies joined the work when it started in October.
- A man in his 60s who lives in the area said, “I was hoping decontamination work would finish before the snow fell. There’s been no explanation of why things have been put off, and I’ve become more distrustful.”
Six homes were monitored where decontamination was carried out There was an average drop of:
- 70 percent for front of entrances
- 70 percent for gravel parking spots
- 30 percent drop for roofs
- 25 percent drop for asphalt in the yard
- 22 percent drop for second floor interiors
Published: November 25th, 2011 at 1:34 pm ET