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    Thursday, March 09, 2017

    Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Floundering

    Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami; Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’

    Justin McCurry, 8 March 2017 (UK Guardian)

    “…[T]he latest robot sent into the bowels of one of Fukushima Daiichi’s damaged reactors was cut loose, its progress stalled by lumps of fuel that overheated when the nuclear plant suffered a triple meltdown six years ago this week…Cleaning up the plant, scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl after it was struck by a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami on the afternoon of 11 March 2011, is expected to take 30 to 40 years, at a cost Japan’s trade and industry ministry recently estimated at 21.5tr yen ($189bn)…The figure, which includes compensating tens of thousands of evacuees, is nearly double an estimate released three years ago…[The meltdown] forced 160,000 people living near the plant to flee their homes. Six years on, only a small number have returned to areas deemed safe by the authorities…” click here for more

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