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Fukushima City announces 2-year decontamination plan

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The Fukushima City government on Tuesday announced a two-year decontamination plan to lower radiation levels in the area which is located about 60 kilometers from the stricken Daiichi nuclear power plant. NHK reported that the decontamination measures will cover some 110,000 houses.

According to the plan, atmospheric radiation levels will be reduced to less than 1 microsievert per hour. Priority will be given to schools, homes, office buildings and roads (but not fields). The government will ask private-sector companies to help with the decontamination process, NHK reported.

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Wishing Good Luck.

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Let me guess... there's an election in the near future? Sorry, but an 80 year "decontamination plan" wouldn't even be realistic, given the half life of half the poisons the Fukushima government and TEPCO have given us.

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Agreed Smith

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you finally said something i agree with smithinjapan.

who are they trying to kid with a 2 -year plan? sorry but i ain't touching any food from this region for a long time.

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Fukushima City to decontaminate all houses

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_08.html

Here is the article from NHK. the 2 year plan is just for the Decontmination of Homes

Excerpt: Some people concerned about possible health risks to their children have already moved out of the city.

The plan aimed at substantially lowering radiation levels in the air for the next 2 years includes decontamination of all 110,000 households in the city.

Of those, highly contaminated houses where children of high school age or younger live will be given extra thorough cleaning.

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"atmospheric radiation levels will be reduced to less than 1 microsievert per hour"

This shows just how deceptive these clowns are in the J govt. As they wash the contaminants, they will go somewhere. Where will they go, in the sewers? Hope not...Clean a roof to ruin the water table. Great idea.

They can - in limited areas - reduce radiation a bit, but that is not decontamination, for it will remain in many other areas, especially the places the runoff heads too. The area still won't be safe. They tried something like that in Chernobyl, where they now measure pretty low atmospheric eves, but the ground levels (especially near moss) is so high it is shocking. It makes no difference if they lower air levels. They cannot decontaminate the soil, the water table, the air, the trees, the forests - an impossible task. Someone's going to make a lot of money on this, though.

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I wouldn't live anywhere that was 0.2m/sv or more

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Needs to be clearer as whether it's going to 2 years for decontamination, or 2 years until the city says that it's safe regardless of what's going on? Seems a little daft to place a limit on it like this when the reactor is still not shutdown and not under full control (so it seems).

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Fukushima City has a population of about 300,000 and covers an area of 750 sq km. There are about 36,000 school children. About half of the terrain is mountains.

Thousands of people have moved out of the city.

At the end of April some part of the city reached radiation levels of 97 µSv/h (97 microsieverts per hour). The maximum allowed is 1 µSv/h, which was increased to 20 µSv/h for the prefecture. Areas of the city with radiation greater than 20 µSv/h, should been evacuated.

On July 23, a radiation survey by Doshisha University and Kyoto Seika University of Fukushima City, discovered a u-drain at an elementary school to have a radiation level of 56.9 µSv/h.

Out of some 70 elementary and secondary schools, the top soil was removed from 26 of them. The top soil was buried in the school grounds.

At the beginning of July, city officials stated, its 300,000 people were safe from radiation. The city set up radiation points at hundreds of locations across the city.

On 3/11, the direction of the radiation released from the power plant was NW, which puts Fukushima in its path.

During the first week of the disaster, all the people of the city should have taken iodine tablets but I don't think that happened?

At least one billion becquerels of radiation continue to leak from the power plant.

The central Government must take full responsibility for decontamination work in areas above 1 mSv/y, and not put the burden on city authorities.

With decontamination there needs to be focused emergency decontamination and general decontamination. Focused decontamination applies to hot spots, as well as places that give the highest risk to the population, especially children, such as playgrounds, schoolyards and street pavements. General decontamination applies to the total contaminated area and is needed to reduce re-contamination of the priority areas. Without general decontamination, the effectiveness of the focused decontamination will be too limited.

If not done professionally, decontamination can increase the risk to the population, as removing contamination from one surface (roofs,...) can concentrate in other zones, such as gutters along the pavement of streets where children walk or play.

During decontamination work, the population and especially children should be evacuated from the area.

Decontamination should be done by trained workers with the required personal protective equipment.

Each decontamination operation should include a waste management plan.

The highest priority should be given to the relocation of small children and pregnant women, however, their families must given enough support and options to choose what is best for themselves.

http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/Global/japan/pdf/110829_demands_eng.pdf

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Radiation contour map http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FekxU4VdcyI/ToKavpKc_II/AAAAAAAACGM/v1GVPgUDkXk/s1600/hayakawamapver4.JPG

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zichi, looks like one of those fallout maps. I have seen those before but not for a power plant. Who needs enemy nukes when we have TEPCO? Between them them and our government ...

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Pie in the sky. They are going to make everything worse for the sake of face.

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