Japan’s Cleanup Lags From Tsunami, Nuke Accident
By Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach
In this Sunday, March 3, 2013 photo, a solar-powered radiation meter indicates radiation levels beside the sports ground of a school in the abandoned town of litate, outside the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. Two years after the triple calamities of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster ravaged Japan's northeastern Pacific coast, radioactive and chemical contamination remains a threat as clean-up projects face troubles with organized crime and mishandling. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
NARAHA, Japan (AP) – Two years after the triple calamities of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster ravaged Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast, debris containing asbestos, lead, PCBs – and perhaps most worrying – radioactive waste due to the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant looms as a threat for the region.
So far, disposal of debris from the disasters is turning out to have been anything but clean. Workers often lacking property oversight, training or proper equipment have dumped contaminated waste with scant regard for regulations or safety, as organized crime has infiltrated the cleanup process.
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on Apr 1st, 2013 and filed under News
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