28 Sep '11, 9am

TODAYonline | World | Japan sizes up #Fukushima waste disposal task

TOKYO - Japan faces the prospect of removing and disposing 29 million cubic metres of soil contaminated by the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years from an area nearly the size of Tokyo, the environment ministry said in the first official estimate of the scope and size of the cleanup. Six months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered reactor meltdowns, explosions and radiation leaks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan's northeast coast, the size of the task of cleaning up is only now becoming clear. Contaminated zones where radiation levels need to be brought down could top 2,400 sq km, sprawling over Fukushima and four nearby prefectures, the ministry said in a report released yesterday. Tokyo Metropolitan prefecture has a total area of 2,170 sq km. The environment ministry has requested an additional 450 billion yen in a third extra budget ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110928-0001357/Japan-...

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