Fukushima Officials ‘Outraged’: A grave problem — Workers dumped waste “because they removed more radioactive materials than expected” (PHOTOS)

Published: January 10th, 2013 at 6:33 am ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Environment Ministry failed to act on Asahi tip-off
Source: Asahi
Author: Compiled from reports by Toshio Tada, Tamiyuki Kihara and Miki Aoki
Date: January 10, 2013

[...] The office representative [for the Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration] said it is a matter of “manners.”

“It appears that workers (dumped vegetation) not out of malice but because they removed more radioactive materials than they had expected,” the representative said. [...]

Asahi Shimbun reporters visited the Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration again on Dec. 26 and showed director Takashi Omura a photograph of a site supervisor kicking fallen leaves into a river in Tamura.

“It is a grave problem if it is true,” Omura said. [...]

Local government leaders in Fukushima Prefecture expressed outrage after reading The Asahi Shimbun’s report on Jan. 4. Omura called them and apologized for “causing worries.” [...]

Latest photos from Jan. 9 here

Published: January 10th, 2013 at 6:33 am ET
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