Teenagers working with Fukushima radioactive waste
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.
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