Excerpts from: Worker: Decontamination shoddy
Date: Jan. 14, 2013
- Contractors commissioned by the central government to decontaminate areas tainted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster lack the knowhow or manpower to handle the unprecedented work, one of the workers said.
- The worker, a 60-year-old man from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, said: “Theories and experience in the field are different. It’s something no one has experienced before. No one knows how it should be done, exactly.”
- Around 10 men and women, ranging from teenagers to those in their 60s, and with different professional backgrounds, work together.
- Some do not even seem to know the basics, including the need to wear a helmet and protective footwear. Many apparently work around the contaminated areas in regular boots.
- There is no mention of how to decontaminate the other wooded areas that cover 70 percent of Fukushima Prefecture, suggesting the project itself will have extremely limited remedial effect.
See also: Group with SAM 940 isotope identifier detected high levels of Plutonium-239 near Iwaki a month after quake -- 50km south of Fukushima Daiichi -- Found at multiple locations (MAP & VIDEO)
Published: January 14th, 2013 at 11:06 am ET
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