Japan:Fukushima City begins decontamination work
Laaska News Oct. 18,2011
Fukushima City has launched a massive campaign to clean up radioactive materials, with the ultimate goal of decontaminating all homes and public facilities.
The city is located about 60 kilometers from the disaster-stricken Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Decontamination work began on Tuesday morning in the Onami district, where radiation levels are relatively high.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda was on hand for about 20 minutes to inspect the work in Onami.
A team of professional workers used water jet cleaners to clean roofs and ditches. They also cut away vegetation in gardens and removed a layer of top soil.
Fukushima City’s ultimate goal is to decontaminate 110,000 households, public facilities, and roads near schools by the end of fiscal 2012.
The city plans to ask residents and volunteers to help clean up areas where radiation levels are not too high.
Securing the necessary manpower and space to store radioactive waste are among the key challenges.