Decontamination Problems Persist at Japan’s Crippled Nuclear Power Plant
From CBS News
By Seth Doane
Japan’s government was forced to admit this week that the radiation cleanup near the Fukushima nuclear plant is way behind schedule.
Three reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Those evacuated hoped to be back home by next March, but now their return may be years away.
Bags filled with radioactive soil line roadways more than 10 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Tens of thousands of workers have been hired to scrape up the top layer of contaminated earth. But a former worker told us it was a futile task.
“We’d decontaminate around a house,” he said, “but if it rained, more contaminated earth from outside that perimeter would just pour right in.”
He did not want to be identified because he feared he would not find work again.
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