Japan:Decontamination starts in Fukushima city
Laaska News Oct. 18,2011
The city of Fukushima, about 60 kilometers from the crippled Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, will start to remove radioactive materials from all private houses in the city on Tuesday.
The city has high levels of radiation in some areas. The plan aims to lower radiation levels to 1 microsievert per hour in all 110,000 households in the city within the next 2 years.
The decontamination will start on Tuesday in an area with 360 households, where relatively high levels of radiation have been measured.
Under the plan, professional cleaners commissioned by the city will scrub radioactive substances from roofs and ditches of the houses with high-pressure equipment.
The garden soil will be removed and all the roads used by elementary and junior high school students and nearby forests will be decontaminated as well.
The city will hire professional cleaners for areas with relatively high radiation levels and for work on roofs and other dangerous places, but residents and volunteers will be required to remove the rest by themselves.
It has yet to be determined how to dispose of the contaminated sludge and the government is under pressure to come up with a solution soon.