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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Government radiation decontamination team begins operations at Fukushima hotspots - 25th Aug 2011

A team formed by the government to start decontaminating areas of Fukushima Prefecture where radioactive materials have been scattered by the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant began operations on Aug. 24.

The team is comprised of officials of the Environment Ministry, the Cabinet Office and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). It will conduct on-site tests in places with comparatively high radiation emissions, devise efficient methods for bringing the emissions down, and provide local governments with technical advice.

"The nuclear crisis has calmed down somewhat," state minister for the nuclear disaster Goshi Hosono said at the team's opening ceremony in the city of Fukushima. "But we haven't yet moved to deal with the radioactive contamination problem. The future of Fukushima Prefecture hangs on decontamination efforts."

After the ceremony, Hosono headed to a radiation hotspot recommended for evacuation in the city of Date to inspect radiation testing that had begun the previous day.

"It won't likely take a long time before the government begins full-scale decontamination operations," Hosono told reporters. "I'd like to expand the operations at once after establishing effective methods." Source