Fukushima Cleanup Called into Question


Fukushima Interim Low Level Waste Storage during the U.S.-Japan Commercial Exchange Tour

Fukushima Interim Low Level Waste Storage during the U.S.-Japan Commercial Exchange Tour

New reports out of Japan are calling into question the country’s approach to decontaminating the areas affected by the March 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi.

Few of the local Japanese businesses that helped develop new clean-up methods and the U.S. and other foreign companies brought in to demonstrate their expertise are actually participating in the process, according to The New York Times. Instead, it is some of Japan’s major construction companies—which have little decontamination experience—that are carrying most of the load.

There are also issues with how soil and other decontaminated substances are being disposed, with The Japan Times reporting on tainted waster being allowed to run off intro streets and rivers. Japan’s Environment Ministry’s Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration has questioned the companies involved in the reports out of Fukushima Prefecture.

Sources: The New York Times, The Japan Times, Kyodo News