decontamination, NHK, nuclear radiation

More than 80% of homes remain contaminated, nhk, 12/4/12

Radioactive decontamination following last year’s nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has not been completed at more than 80 percent of homes.

Japan’s environment ministry studied the progress of government-funded removal of radioactive substances being undertaken by 58 cities, towns and villages in 7 prefectures around Fukushima as of the end of August.

It says work had been completed at 69 percent of educational facilities such as schools and childcare centers that were scheduled for decontamination.

51 percent of roads had been treated.

But the ministry found that among nearly 100,000 homes slated for removal of radioactive substances, the process was finished at only about 17,000 or 18 percent of them.

As for parks and sports facilities, 38 percent of them had been decontaminated.

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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