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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:08 AM

CROOKED CLEANUP: Government to investigate Fukushima decontamination

Source: Asahi Shimbun

The government will investigate decontamination work around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant following reports that potentially radioactive debris has been dumped into the environment, even during the preparatory stage of the program.

“It is extremely regrettable,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Jan. 7. “We will take stern measures after fully investigating it.”

An Environment Ministry task force, headed by Senior Vice Minister Shinji Inoue, held its first meeting later in the day. It is expected to investigate what happened in Fukushima Prefecture, strengthen management of the decontamination operations and find ways to restore public trust in the work.

Asahi Shimbun reporters discovered violations of Environment Ministry rules listed in the lucrative contracts signed with construction companies for the decontamination work. Under those rules, workers must properly store collected debris and water used for cleaning buildings for proper disposal.

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Read more: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201301070080

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:18 AM

1. Asahi has run a series of investigative articles on this

CROOKED CLEANUP: Government mishandled complaints about shoddy cleanup work
January 05, 2013
Environment Ministry officials failed to act on a flood of complaints from residents in Fukushima Prefecture about companies carrying out shoddy decontamination work.

CROOKED CLEANUP (1): Radioactive waste dumped into rivers during decontamination work in Fukushima
January 04, 2013
Cleanup crews in Fukushima Prefecture have dumped soil and leaves contaminated with radioactive fallout into rivers. Water sprayed on contaminated buildings has been allowed to drain back into the environment. And supervisors have instructed workers to ignore rules on proper collection and disposal of the radioactive waste.

CROOKED CLEANUP (2): Some decontamination workers sorry for following orders
January 04, 2013
A man in his 20s questioned the shady practices involved in decontaminating areas in Fukushima Prefecture, only to be assured that everything was OK.

CROOKED CLEANUP (3): Reporters document extent of shoddy decontamination practices
January 04, 2013
To discover the extent of shoddy decontamination practices, Asahi Shimbun reporters spent 130 hours observing, photographing and interviewing workers at various locations in Fukushima Prefecture from Dec. 11 to 18.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:25 AM

2. Rumors about this had been circulating before the recent Asahi Shimbun articles

and were probably one of the reasons why the previous ruling party was defeated so badly in the December 16 elections.

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